It goes without saying that Honda is putting its best foot forward with the all-new 2018 CR-V that’s launching on 9 October. Of course, the highlight has to be the introduction of a new diesel motor, and the inclusion of seven seats in the diesel version. But, let’s dwell deeper.
> Diesel engine with seven-seater configuration
Honda’s new CR-V gets a diesel 120bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder DOHC motor which produces 300Nm of torque and is coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. You can read about how it feels to drive here.
Also, sharing a top spot on this list is the introduction of seven seats which Honda believes that diesel SUV buyers in the segment will surely appreciate.
> Electric transmission/parking-brake functions
The first thing you notice when climbing into the front seat is the absence of a gear lever. All the transmission functions in the diesel CR-V, along with the parking-brake is electronically operated via buttons. These buttons are placed on a uniquely designed centre-console layout which makes access on-the-go a tonne easier.
> Left blind-spot live feed on the infotainment screen
This function scores high since it makes driving a whole lot safer, and in the process, less stressful too. A camera on the left door mirror is activated as soon as the left indicator is actuated, and it sends a live video feed of the blind spot on the left onto the infotainment screen. The footage has minimal lag and gives you a clear view of other motorists who may come in your way. Neat!
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