The 2013 Honda CR-V will make its debut at the Paris Motor show at the end of September and go on sale in the UK from October this year. The Honda CR-V will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine form.
The petrol CR-V will come with a 2-litre iVtec engine that puts out 153 bhp of power and 192 Nm of torque, while the 2.2 iDtec diesel engine puts out 148 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. It will come in both 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmission, with a choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration in the top-end model.
The new CR-V has some styling changes to the exterior, although it’s quite similar to the current model. The bigger change is to the interior, which has more headroom and legroom. The seats are also more versatile with a 60:40 split and the tailgate has an electric motor to raise or lower it.
The European CR-V is quite similar to the model that is on sale in the North American market. Why the CR-V is interesting, is because although Honda has not confirmed any plans of launching the diesel version of the CR-V in the Indian market at the moment, the 1.6 iDtec diesel engine that was developed last year and showcased at Japan, could be fitted into the CR-V and brought to the Indian market sometime early 2014 or end 2013. This engine makes only about 120 bhp of power, but given the thirst for diesel in the Indian market, it could push up some volumes for Honda. Since January this year, Honda has sold an average of 31 CR-Vs every month, with the maximum being 100 vehicles in February and minimum being just one unit in March!
Honda will be loading the fifth-generation 2013 CR-V with plenty more gadgets such as a speed regulator, convoy control system (where it judges the distance with the vehicle ahead and adjusts speed accordingly), crash prevention system and lane guidance system – all technological innovations found on many European high-end cars. Not many of these would be useful in an Indian context though.