The fifth-gen Honda CR-V will come with a seven-seat layout, featuring a 1.6-litre diesel engine and 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Honda is all set to the new CR-V in the Indian market, come October 2018. The biggest news is that the new crossover will come with a diesel powertrain for the first time in India.
In its latest avatar, which happens to be the fifth-gen model of the SUV, the CR-V looks sharper and sleeker than the current model. Its wheelbase is also longer by 41mm, which means there’s an extra 53mm of leg room. What’s more, the CR-V will now come in a seven-seat configuration for the Indian market, and this sure will be one of the key highlights of the new vehicle. Inside, expect the new model to feature touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, heated ORVMs, electronic parking brake, electrically adjustable front seats, etc.
Coming to the powertrain, the new CR-V will introduce Honda’s 1.6-litre diesel engine in our market. The diesel mill is rated at 118bhp and has 300Nm of torque, and will come mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The petrol version is reportedly going to lose the 2.4-litre all-wheel-drive variant but will be available with a 2.0-litre front-wheel-drive trim. This engine will produce 154bhp and 190Nm of torque and come mated to an automatic gearbox as well. Honda is reportedly going to drop the manual transmission in the new model.
When launched, the new CR-V is expected to carry a price tag between Rs 28 lakh-Rs 30 lakh. The diesel engine and its seven-seat layout will be the new model’s main draw, so Honda would be expecting to do decent numbers in terms of monthly sales.