The Honda CR-V has been a popular name in the premium SUV segment in the country. The fifth generation model will be introduced with a fresh set of cosmetic and feature upgrades. The CR-V diesel to be introduced in India is an all-new vehicle and not just a facelift. Here below are the top five highlights we expect to see in the upcoming Honda CR-V diesel –
The new CR-V diesel gets a sharp front-end with design elements in the form of a signature Honda grille, LED headlamps and daytime running lights that give it a fresh look. The muscular stance and short overhangs with dual exhausts further elevate its sporty quotient. The crossover rides on newly-designed 18-inch alloy wheels, but its highlight continues to be the electrically powered tailgate, which is a first for a Honda car in India. The new generation model also appears to be bigger and sportier than its previous iteration model.
For the first time, the CR-V will be offered with a seven seat layout. The longer wheelbase has helped the brand add that additional row of seat. Both the second and third row seats get reclining option, while one can slide the second row fore and aft as well. The cabin of the vehicle will be equipped with upgraded materials all around. The third-row split folds 50:50, and the boot floor can be set in two positions. A full-size spare tyre will be placed inside the car, under the third row.
Under the hood, the Honda CR-V diesel version is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. This mill is tuned to produce 157bhp of power and 350Nm of torque, thus putting it in the same league as the other powerful SUVs in this segment. Transmission options include either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic gearbox, with an AWD option.
The new CR-V will get fresh upholstery options along with a seven-inch touch-screen infotainment system complemented by a modern TFT virtual instrument cluster. The SUV will be offered with air vents in all rows, with the third row featuring roof-mounted vents. Moreover, it will get a USB charging port for the second row, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.
The upcoming Honda CR-V diesel is expected to be priced around 25 lakhs. Post launch it will compete against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner in India.