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New Honda CR-V first look review

  • Dec 29, 2012
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The next year promises to be a very important year for Honda as it is not just the Amaze diesel sedan that will be launched but also the CR-V that will come in its new generation avatar. The CR-V when first introduced in India was a huge hit and it was not hard to see why as it had a jewel of an engine, good looks and a high quality cabin that simply was a no match for others.

That meant within a short time the CR-V had gathered quite a large fan-following and was one of the biggest success stories for Honda, showing its dominance of the Indian market. However thanks to rising petrol prices and a rising Yen which had affected the pricing the CR-V lost its market share to newer diesel powered rivals. Now things are turning in its favour again as the difference between petrol and diesel prices is getting short which means the market for a luxurious SUV powered by a smooth petrol engine is increasing and Honda is all set to unleash the new CR-V on our roads.



New Honda CR-V design

The new CR-V is er, completely new in every respect and looks more handsome than the last generation model which is a no mean feat. The shape is curvy and futuristic plus the size means the new CR-V will attract quite a lot of attention. The front bumper is joined by a horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights.  The CR- V’s signature vertical rear brake lights, which was on the original model remains but is introduced a more three-dimensional look.

The CR-V’s large wheels and big wheel arches give it some muscle. The front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights add to the bling. It may not look so but the length and height of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space. The rear styling is typical CR-V with large tail-lamps. Overall we liked the earlier CR-V while we love this new one.



New Honda CR-V interiors

Just like the outside the interior has the same design philosophy with the earlier model but now is sharper and even better built. The major controls have been further grouped according to their function, with a ‘driver interface zone’ behind the steering wheel and an ‘information interface zone’ in the centre of the cabin.



With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is an impressive 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy items which is impressive and practical. Feature wise expect a lot of stuff as you would do in a car of this price. A cool thing in the new CR-V is the 5 inch “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID), which controls the audio, telephone. Space at the rear is generous too.



New Honda CR-V engines

Engine wise if you are expecting to hear the 'd' word I am afraid there will not be any as the new CR-V will be petrol only. For now. Though with diesel prices there will be demand for a smooth petrol and the updated 2.4 litre engine promises more efficiency and better performance. What might also be offered in name of better efficiency is the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine.

In UK market where the new CR-V is available with a 2.0 i- VTEC and 2.2 i-DTEC engine, the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine with 155PS and 192Nm of torque could be a good option. For more efficiency there are the ECON mode and Eco Assist systems.



New Honda CR-V ride and handling, tech

The new CR-V also has the introduction of a two-wheel drive model as well as upgrades to the car’s suspension, steering and four-wheel drive system. The McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension has been upgraded for a better ride.

The next generation Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system (MA-EPS) has been modified to have increased feedback which is welcome. The CR-V is known for its car-like driving characteristics and we expect the same from it.



New Honda CR-V price in India

The new CR-V will be a import so it will not be cheap but it will priced along with its competition as Honda knows pricing can make or break a product in India as people do not care about how good a product is unless its also priced well. We expect the CR-V to be priced between Rs 25 -27 lakhs.

New Honda CR-V launch date for India

The current CR-V is discontinued and that means the launch is around the corner. We expect an end of February launch. Overall we like the new CR-V as it is simply better in all aspect than the previous model and no one can complain about the legendary Honda reliability which many love. It looks great inside and out and will drive well also so all in all the new CR-V shows a lot of promise.
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