Japanese carmaker Honda is set to launch the new-gen CR-V SUV in India on the 9th of October, 2018. Now an Autocar report has revealed the fuel efficiency figures of the flagship Honda SUV for India, which are quite surprising. The diesel CR-V returns a mileage of 18.6 km/l, which is more than what a diesel Hyundai Creta Automatic returns (17.01 Kmpl). However, make no mistake, the CR-V is much larger than the Hyundai Creta, and will be much pricier too.
The new diesel engine on the Honda CR-V is a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit. The diesel Honda engine produces 118.3 Bhp at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm, which is sent to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The Honda CR-V diesel sends its power to all four wheels via this new 9-speed automatic transmission. We expect the new CR-V to be slower than the Hyundai Creta Diesel MT in outright performance.
The fifth-gen CR-V brings four new features to the Honda SUV – 7 seats, a new 1.6-litre diesel engine, which is mated a 9-speed automatic gearbox that is operated using buttons on the centre console. The new CR-V retains its predecessor’s 2.0-litre petrol engine but sports a new CVT gearbox.
The petrol engine on the CR-V remains unchanged compared to the one on the previous-gen SUV. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine produces 154.8 Bhp at 6,500 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. Honda has replaced the old car’s 5-speed torque converter automatic with a CVT gearbox.
The petrol CR-V will only be offered in front-wheel-drive guise, so it would be advisable not to attempt going off the beaten path in this particular version of Honda’s flagship SUV for India. When Honda finally brings its new-gen CR-V to India on October 9, 2018, the new SUV will take on the Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Compass, Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The Honda is more fuel efficient compared to all of its rivals. Prices for the all-new Honda CR-V are expected to start at around the Rs. 25 lakh (ex-showroom) mark for petrol, while diesel is expected to cost around Rs 2. lakh more at around Rs. 27 lakh.