Honda CR-V SUV Facelift’s India bound production version unveiled

The Euro-spec Honda CR-V has received a mid life makeover. The facelifted SUV will arrive into India next year. Presented as a concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 CR-V Facelift has now been revealed in production trim. In terms of exterior changes, there are none. However the interiors of the 2015 Euro-spec CR-V show changes when compared to the concept version. The insides of the popular crossover get chrome trimmings, a feature that was absent on the concept version. This change apart, there isn’t much that differentiates the production version of the crossover from the concept model.

Honda will equip the 2015 CR-V with the 1.6 liter all-aluminium i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that is based on the EarthDreams range of motors. This diesel engine first powered the Civic diesel hatchback in the United Kingdom and will eventually make an entry into India, when Honda equips the crossover sold here with diesel power. On the 2015 CR-V, the 1.6 liter diesel motor is available in two states of tune, 120 Bhp-300 Nm and 160 Bhp-350 Nm. The diesel crossover’s higher state of tune is also offered with an all wheel drive layout and a new 9 speed automatic transmission.

The CR-V will also continue to be sold with two i-VTEC petrol motors in 2 liter and 2.4 liter displacements. Honda sells the SUV with both the petrol engines in India. However, it remains to be seen as to which state of tune the 1.6 liter diesel motor will get in India, when it is shoehorned into the SUV sold here. The CR-V is assembled in India, at Honda’s Greater Noida factory from completely knocked down (CKD) kits. The crossover is a decent success, especially considering that it is a petrol-only model in an SUV market that predominantly features diesel powered models. Expect the diesel powered CR-V Facelift to make an India entry in the second half of 2015.