New Honda CR-V SUV launching sooner than expected: Details

It’s well known that Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL), the Indian subsidiary of the renowned Japanese car manufacturer, plans to launch the all-new CR-V premium SUV this year. Until now, it was being said that the new Honda CR-V would be launched only by the end of this year. Hence, a late-November or early-December launch date looked highly likely. Now, however, a fresh report claims that the new Honda CR-V’s India launch will take place in September this year.

In India, the new-gen Honda CR-V premium SUV will take on some really well-established models like the Toyota Fortuner. Also, for the first time ever, the CR-V will be available in India with a diesel engine option. Moreover, unlike the current version, which is a five-seat model, the new-gen CR-V will offer as many as seven seats. The availability of the diesel engine option and seven seats should help the premium SUV make an impact in the premium SUV segment of the Indian car market.

Engine options for the new-gen CR-V will include a 2.4-litre, iVTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.6-litre, iDTEC turbocharged motor. Basically, this is the same petrol engine that powers the current version. However, for the next-gen CR-V, this engine will be given a remap. Currently, it outputs a respectable 190 PS and 226 Nm. In most international markets, the CR-V diesel comes with a 1.6-litre, twin-turbo motor that outputs a maximum power of 160 PS. In India, however, the CR-V will get the lower-powered, single-turbo version of this engine. This engine outputs a maximum power of 120 PS along with a peak torque of 300 Nm. The new-gen CR-V will offer manual and automatic transmissions for both petrol and diesel engine options.

The reason for opting the lower-spec engine for the India-spec CR-V Diesel is to keep the selling price competitive. Quite obviously, the single-turbo version is cheaper than the twin-turbo unit, which should help the Japanese carmaker price the new CR-V aggressively. Internationally, the India-bound CR-V diesel has a 0-100 kmph timing of 11.2 seconds, which is quite respectable for an SUV of this size and weight. The India-spec CR-V will offer a feature-laden cabin and an optional all-wheel drive.

Source – Rushlane