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Old 8th February 2018, 15:20   #1
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Default Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018

Big shoutout to Suhaas307 for shooting these pictures & his coverage of the Auto Expo. Thanks for sharing!

Highlights:
• Honda has addressed two major shortcomings of the CR-V in the 5th generation vehicle.

• First: it's now a 7-seater. Yes, a 3rd row has been added.

• Second: a diesel power-plant (1.6L i-DTEC) will be offered for the first time.

• The CR-V is expected to launch in India in 2018.

Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-00-dsc00277.jpg

The side profile is very similar to the 4th gen CR-V, but a bit swoopier at the front. Length has increased by 42mm:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-02-dsc00338.jpg

Styling changes at the rear are less radical than those made at the front:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-03-dsc00222.jpg

Width too has increased by 34mm (and yes, it's noticeable inside the cabin):
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-04-dsc00223.jpg

The front end has a much busier design than the outgoing generation. In fact, the black coloured car pictured here downplays it a bit:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-20-dsc00340.jpg

Headlights are LEDs for high & low beam:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-21-dsc00282.jpg

Note the camera here. It's part of the LaneWatch system that displays a video feed on the infotainment screen - helping drivers avoid blind spots:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-23-dsc00411.jpg

235/60R18 wheels & tyres:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-24-dsc00265.jpg

Matte-black plastic cladding on this soft-roader is christened with some chrome lining:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-25-dsc00280.jpg

From the side, the taillights seem to have a similar styling as the 4th gen:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-26-dsc00266.jpg

However, from other views you'll see that they are trying to satisfy all the possible design trends at once (Christmas-tree, wrap-around & onto the tailgate)!
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-27-dsc00224.jpg

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Interior - Front

Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-00-dsc00234.jpg

The interiors get a significant update - but just like the exteriors, they are still recognizably CR-V:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-00-dsc00346.jpg

The texture on the volume button makes it easy to locate by touch:
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The instrument cluster has gone completely digital. It doesn't look very exciting when the car is off:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-03-dsc00395.jpg

Turn it on, and the colour display brings it to life (image source):
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-04-2017hondacrvinstrumentcluster02.jpg

AC vents have moved from their earlier placement on the sides of the head-unit, to the topmost position in the stack:
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A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen sits atop the dashboard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-31-dsc00242a.jpg

The automatic gearshift lever has been completely replaced by a set of buttons. They've been laid out in the same sequence for the sake of familiarity:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-32-dsc00242b.jpg

Center console storage is plentiful:
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A sliding cover reveals more storage, as well as an HDMI input, 2x USB sockets and a 12v outlet:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-34-dsc00244b.jpg

The sliding cover can be completely removed too:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-35-dsc00245.jpg

Love the satin/matte finish wood trim. The interiors have really taken a big step up.
Suhaas said this matte wood trim, the taillight styling & the console design reminded him of the Volvo SUVs:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-50-dsc00229.jpg

Passenger side gets a central locking switch too. Very convenient for a family-oriented SUV:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-52-dsc00231.jpg

Well padded front seats:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-53-dsc00342.jpg

Passenger seat gets electric controls:
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A cushioned pad has been added to the side of the center console, to keep the passenger's right knee happy:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-55-dsc00403.jpg

Engine start/stop button, along with toggles for several driving & parking aids:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-56-dsc00416.jpg

Large & well-marked levers for opening the fuel flap and hood:
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A holder for sunglasses, and cabin light controls. Do note that strangely a sunroof is missing on the CR-V:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-59-dsc00396.jpg

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Interior - Rear

Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-101-dsc00351.jpg

While the new CR-V looks slightly bigger on the outside, Suhaas307 said it felt a lot bigger on the inside:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-101-dsc00401.jpg

.Anshuman (6'3") & Vid6639 (6') pictured here enjoying the individually reclining middle row seats:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-102-dsc00399.jpg

2nd & 3rd row AC controls sit above the 2nd row (visible in the pic above). 4 adjustable vents should help keep the rear passengers happy:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-104-dsc00393.jpg

2nd row passengers also get the benefit of these vents. Note that the 2 USB charging points back here are an impressive 2.5 Amps, while the ones at the front are 1.5 & 1 Amp:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-105-dsc00274.jpg

A peep at the last row of seats - which are a first in the CR-V (all earlier generations were 5-seaters):
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-230-dsc00343.jpg

Make no mistake, due to the limited space the last row is strictly for kids, or very short distances:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-233-dsc00349.jpg

Adjustable cup/bottle holder:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-234-dsc00270.jpg

Seats fold flat, though they do so at a level above the boot floor:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-246-dsc00391.jpg

Boot space is average for a 7-seater SUV in the CR-V segment, with the last row in place:
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-292-dsc00226.jpg

Tailgate has the reverse camera, as well as the open & lock buttons. The CR-V gets hands-free operation of the tailgate too (by waving your foot below the rear bumper):
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-293-dsc00228.jpg

The power tailgate can be set to open only till a particular height (usefull if your parking spot has low ceilings, or if you can't reach too high to pull it back down):
Honda CR-V @ Auto Expo 2018-294-dsc00227.jpg
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Engine

There will be 2 engine options on offer. The same 2.4-liter i-VTEC petrol, and a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel (pictured below).

The 1.6L diesel is from Honda's 'Earth Dreams' range. It's a 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbo engine putting out 158 BHP and 350 Nm of torque.

The diesel engine will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

There is talk of Honda localizing the production of the diesel engine to keep the pricing competitive.

The petrol engine is the same 187 BHP / 226 Nm 2.4-litre engine that's offered on the AWD version of the 4th Gen CR-V sold here.

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Thanks for the coverage, guys!

The CR-V until now has been a fairly good-looking vehicle. Why did they have to do what they've done with the styling?! That rear is awful.

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Wow. 7-seater and a diesel available! If they price both the variants well, a 7-seater CR-V can create serious problems for the competition.

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Wow. Honda seems to have ticked the boxes with this one. A 5+2(occasional) seater and an automatic diesel. Hope the pricing is in the range of 25-30 big ones. Else, will take it into genuine full seven seater territory.
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In about 4 years from now, I think this will be in my garage! In Diesel AT AWD guise.

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Why did they have to do what they've done with the styling?! That rear is awful.
I know. That's why I have put the new CR-V rear view photo as my desktop wallpaper so that my brain gets habituated to its weird frowning/angry looks.

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Is it going to be the same 9 speed ZF Automatic that would do duty in the upcoming Compass Diesel AT as well?

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That's why I have put the new CR-V rear view photo as my desktop wallpaper so that my brain gets habituated to its weird frowning/angry looks.
Why try so hard to like one particular car itself?

In four years, this segment is bound to see a lot of choices.

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Is there any chance of the hybrid version coming too?

I hope they don't go the accord way on pricing. They really need to price the diesel AT squarely head on with endeavour / Fortuner twins and not higher.
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Will this be equipped with an AWD and any guesstimates on prices?
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Not a fan of the recent Honda style cues (CRV included), but being a Honda and a diesel heart it should do well in India. It seems that the CRV would be launched only in automatic trim (7-seater) as in Europe market the manual 2WD version comes with a 120 bhp tune.

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Is it going to be the same 9 speed ZF Automatic that would do duty in the upcoming Compass Diesel AT as well?
Seems more like it. The bigger and roomier Honda SUV (read: Honda Pilot) also comes with the same ZF 9 speed.

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Interiors look pretty good, but someone has done a bit of unwanted overtime work on the exteriors - way too much of chrome bling. 7-seater and diesel option should bring back some customers, but they should have managed a flat floor boot with the 3rd row folded down.
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Looks good, especially those rear seats.

The 1.6 iDTEC is totally unlike the 1.5 we get here. Its apparently very refined - the performance is also good.

But I don't like this below.

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The automatic gearshift lever has been completely replaced by a set of buttons. They've been laid out in the same sequence for the sake of familiarity:
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Honda should have given it a shifter instead of these buttons. And if the need was to free up space on the dash, they should have given it a column shifter instead. Would have been a nice throwback to the older generation too.
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The automatic gearshift lever has been completely replaced by a set of buttons. They've been laid out in the same sequence for the sake of familiarity:
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This is a move that solves no problem but certainly creates some new ones. It is easier to move the shifter than to look and press couple of buttons.

Or if they wanted to make the center console cleaner they could have done a steering column PRND stalk like some cars.


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The 1.6L diesel is from Honda's 'Earth Dreams' range. It's a 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbo engine putting out 158 BHP and 350 Nm of torque.

The diesel engine will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The new king of the 1.6 Diesel segment with regard to output.

Hope it is not the problematic ZF9 speeder.

CRV's main shortcoming has been addressed with the inclusion of the Diesel powerplant and now with the 3rd row it should appeal to more people.
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