Honda has revealed the European prototype pictures of the upcoming CR-V model. The CR-V model will be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. Expect the new CR-V to hit the Indian market by mid 2012.
The fourth generation Honda CR-V gets a bold radiator grille featuring three horizontal chrome slats with a sculpted large Honda logo at the centre. The upswept head lamps with day-time running (DRL) LEDs give a sporty look to the new CR-V. The rear styling and tail lamps of the new CR-V resemble that of the Volvo XC60. Overall, the new CR-V is a more contemporary design when compared to the outgoing model.
Inside the cabin, Honda has improved the passenger space in the new CR-V. Earlier, there were rumors that the new CR-V will feature three rows of seats. But this is untrue for the new CR-V has only two rows of seats with a seating capacity of five passengers. The 60:40 split in the rear seat offers flexibility to carry more luggages. The loading lip has also been lowered so that luggage can easily be loaded into the boot.
The India-bound CR-V will likely get the same 2.4-litre i-VTEC motor that powers the outgoing model. However, expect power and torque to increase by a slight margin. At present, the engine puts out 180 bhp of power. Honda has also improved the fuel efficiency by 8 – 10 %. The CR-V will likely come with an Eco driving mode as found in Honda’s other models such as the Brio. Interestingly, Honda may launch a diesel version of the CR-V in India. Honda has a 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel motor that powers the Europe-specific Honda Accord. If this engine comes in the India-bound CR-V, it would be an enticing SUV for buyers.
The upcoming CR-V may have features such as intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) that displays fuel consumption and can also read text messages from your mobile phone, multi-angle rear view camera with three different camera view angles, steering-mounted controls, Bluetooth, audio system with USB and auxiliary input and 60:40 split seats at the rear. With regard to safety, expect the new CR-V to come with Vehicle Stability Assist with Motion-Adaptive EPS (Electric Power Steering), ABS, six airbags (front, front side, curtain), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and automatic tensioning front seat belts.
Honda sells the CR-V in India via CBU (Completely Built Unit) route. Hence it attracts a full 110% excise duty. The next-generation CR-V will likely follow the same CBU route. Expect the new CR-V to be priced slightly higher than the current model which is priced in the range of Rs. 22.6 lakh – 24.8 lakh.
Many years ago, the Honda CR-V had no competition in Indian market and had fairly high sales. However, with the launch of many diesel SUVs, the utility of CR-V did not appeal to buyers. The segment leader, Toyota Fortuner sells at around 850 units a month while Honda CR-V sells at 30 units a month. Honda should introduce the CR-V with diesel engine option if it is keen on increasing its sales in India. Expect the new CR-V petrol version to hit showrooms in mid 2012 while the diesel version may be launched in early 2013. Read more about the Honda CR-V.