New Honda CRV, now better priced


Honda has launched the 4th generation CR-V in India. Unlike previous generations of this SUV which were fully imported as CBUs (completely built units) and attracted prohibitive import taxes, the new CR-V is assembled at Honda’s facility in Greater Noida, UP. The CR-V offers two petrol engine options.

The 2.0L SOHC motor:
154 BHP (@ 6,500 rpm). A 13 BHP gain over the outgoing CR-V 2.0L
190 Nm of torque (@ 4,300 rpm)
ARAI rating of 13.7 kpl
6-speed manual or 5-speed auto
FWD layout

The 2.4L DOHC motor:
187 BHP (@ 7,000 rpm). A 29 BHP gain over the outgoing CR-V 2.4L
226 Nm of torque (@ 4,400 rpm)
ARAI rating of 12 kpl
5-speed auto with paddle shifters
AWD Layout. The AWD system powers the front wheels under normal conditions, switching to AWD only when the situation demands it. 

Other notable features include HID projector headlamps with washers, 17 – inch alloy wheels, audio-video-navigation system with a 6.1” touch screen, rear camera and one-touch fold down rear seats. The CR-V also has an ECON button that maximizes fuel economy by adjusting the performance of the engine, transmission, air conditioning and cruise control. The Eco Assist system has a built-in Ambient meter that changes colour in response to driving style. Safety equipment includes ESP, ABS, 6 airbags and Hill Start Assist. 

The lack of a diesel engine will limit its market potential as petrol SUVs have never set showroom floors on fire. Nevertheless, the CR-V is now better priced due to local assembly. 

2.4 AT : 23.85 lakhs (with audio-video-navigation)
2.4 AT : 22.40 lakhs
2.0 AT : 20.85 lakhs
2.0 MT : 19.95 lakhs

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