The CR-V has always been an important brand for the Japanese automaker, Honda around the world. This time around fresh spec details have emerged that reveals a few details of the ASEAN-spec version ahead of its official launch this year. Unlike the five seat configuration in North America, Honda will offer a seven seat configuration in the ASEAN markets and will be launched in Thailand sometime soon.
This time around Honda offers a diesel variant which is powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine that generates 156bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. The petrol version on the other hand will continue to be powered by a 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine that powers the current generation model. Both the engine options will come mated to an all-new ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox in front-wheel drive and an optional AWD setup.
The new gen Honda CR-V gets a longer wheelbase, which means that the rear legroom as well as the cargo space has been improved over its predecessors. The vehicle gets high-quality soft-touch upholstery and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As for features, the vehicle comes with dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, heated wing mirrors, and an electric parking brake. Additionally the vehicle might also get USB charging ports for the second row, a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
Honda only sells the petrol version of the CR-V in India, which has also been reason behind its low sales number in the country. Though the automaker has confirmed its plans for India, we believe that the company might introduce the fifth generation model along with a diesel option to strengthen its foothold in the Indian market.