8th Sep 2018 7:30 am

Fifth-gen CR-V will come with a 1.6-litre diesel or 2.0-litre petrol engine option; seven seat layout will be offered for the first time.

The latest generation CR-V is larger than the outgoing model and will be offered in two engine options for the Indian market. The CR-V will be offered for the first time with a diesel engine in India. The diesel mill in question is a 1.6-litre unit from Honda’s Earth Dreams engine family. However, to keep costs down, Honda has opted to bring the single-turbo rather than the twin-turbo version of the engine to India. It is understood that a twin-turbo arrangement would have bumped-up the CR-V’s price by up to Rs 1.5 lakh. In the single-turbo guise, the 1.6-litre diesel motor produces 120hp and 300Nm of torque – which are not shining figures for an SUV of this class. The engine will come mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddleshifters as standard – and will also be offered with the option of all-wheel drive. Honda has decided to give manual gearboxes a miss for the India-bound CR-V, citing low demand for the same.

The other engine-gearbox option on offer will be a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2.0-litre engine puts out 154hp and 189Nm of torque – near-identical figures to the Hyundai Tucson’s 2.0-litre engine, which produces 155hp and 192Nm of torque. The petrol CR-V won’t come with four-wheel drive or paddleshifters.

The new CR-V will also, for the first time, come with a third row of seats, which means it will attract buyers looking for a seven-seat SUV.

For India, the CR-V is likely to come with a powered driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda will assemble the CR-V in India. Expect prices to be in the region of Rs 28 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom).

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