Honda CRV 2013 SUV arrives in S Africa: India launch early next year, before Brio Amaze

Honda Motors has launched the all new 2013 CRV in the South African car market with a starting price of R299,900 (Rs 18.40 lakhs) and a…

Honda Motors has launched the all new 2013 CRV in the South African car market with a starting price of R299,900 (Rs 18.40 lakhs) and a top end price of R499,900 (Rs 30.73 lakhs). 2013 Honda CRV is available in both petrol and diesel powered options in South Africa. In India, the new CRV SUV will arrive early next year, even before the launch of Brio Amaze sedan, but only in petrol format.

For car buyers in South Africa, Honda has offered the new CRV in 8 variants, which include 1 front wheel drive and 7 all wheel drive options. A total of three engine options are on offer, 2 petrol and 1 diesel. For the petrol CRV 2013, South Africa has 2.0L and 2.4L generating 153 hp, 192 Nm torque and 188 hp and 22 Nm torque respectively. The lone diesel offering, a 2.2L generates 148 hp and 350 Nm torque.

Overall length of the new CRV has been reduced by 5 mm, and height is reduced by 30 mm, but there is no change in the amount of interior space offered. Features of 2013 CRV include, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights. On the inside, there isn’t much change. Honda says, cabin is spacious and stylish, and offers a significant reduction in engine and road noise over the previous model.

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EXCITING NEW CR-V JOINS HONDA SA STABLE

  • Six derivatives, including front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models
  • Three engines to choose from
  • Four specification levels
  • Reduced exterior dimensions without sacrificing interior space

Honda South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of the all-new Honda CR-V, which will be available from dealers right away. The new model is the fourth generation of Honda’s striking Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), with the first generation having arrived in 1995.

The new vehicle retains many of the now-familiar traits of the CR-V, such as the black B-pillar, which has been a trademark of the vehicle since its inception. There are, however, a number of technological and other advances that clearly sets the latest generation of the CR-V apart from its forebears.
A two-wheel-drive version, known as the 2.0 Comfort, has been added to the line-up. This is the first time that the CR-V is offered in a two-wheel-drive derivative, though the 2.0 Comfort moniker will be familiar, as it has been in use since the beginning of 2012, when Honda first added a four-wheel-drive version of this petrol-powered model to its line-up.
 
EXTERIOR
The new CR-V remains true to its roots, namely being the car for every occasion. Despite being both casual and formal, the CR-V still conveys and air of solidity and reliability. The length of the vehicle has been reduced by 5 mm, and the height by 30 mm, yet the new vehicle offers the same amount of interior space as the outgoing model. LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lights have also been incorporated with the new CR-V.

INTERIOR
The interior of the new CR-V has been designed to create a quiet, refined and relaxed ambiance. The cabin is spacious and stylish, and offers a significant reduction in engine and road noise over the previous model. An impressive range of standard equipment further enhances the cabin, while safety is, as always with Honda, of the highest standard.
 
LINE-UP
With the addition of the aforementioned 2.0 Comfort, the CR-V family has grown to six derivatives. The two-wheel-drive 2.0 Comfort represents the entry-level, and is followed by the all-wheel-drive version of the same vehicle. The front-wheel-drive model is equipped with a 6-Speed Manual transmission, while the all-wheel-drive has a 5-Speed Automatic. Both variants are powered by the same 1,997 cc i-VTEC, 16-valve, in-line 4 cylinder petrol engine, which offers 114 kW of power at 6,500 r/min; and 192 Nm of torque at 4,300 r/min.

Two further petrol models are offered in the range, namely the 2.4 Elegance and the 2.4 Executive. Both of these models come with 5-Speed Automatic transmissions, and they share the i-VTEC, 16-Valve, in-line, 4 cylinder petrol engine with a cubic capacity of 2,354 cc. This highly refined petrol engine has 140 kW of power available at 7,000 r/min; and 220 Nm of torque at 4,300 r/min.

The final two models in the new CR-V line-up are both powered by Honda’s acclaimed 2.2 litre i-DTEC common rail turbo diesel engine, which sports four cylinders and 16 valves. The 2.2 Elegance and 2.2 Exclusive are both all-wheel-drive, and are available with a choice of 6-Speed Manual or 5-Speed Automatic transmissions. The i-DTEC engine has 110 kW of power available at 4,000 r/min, and 350 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 2,750 r/min.

SPECIFICATION LEVELS
All-new CR-V is available with a choice of four specification levels, depending on the chosen model. The Comfort level offers black fabric seats as standard, while the Elegance, Executive and Exclusive models all have black leather seats. Each specification level offers a mix of comfort features, while the Exclusive specification includes such luxuries as premium audio, electrically adjusted driver seat, electronic lumbar support for driver and front passenger, as well as keyless entry.
 
PRICING
The new CR-V’s pricing includes Honda’s standard 3 year/100,000 km warranty and 5 year/90,000 km service plan.

2.0 Comfort FWD (petrol)       – R299,900.00
2.0 Comfort AWD (petrol)      – R339,900.00
2.4 Elegance AWD (petrol)     – R399,900.00
2.4 Executive AWD (petrol)    – R444,900.00
2.2 Elegance AWD (diesel)    – R405,900.00 (manual)
2.2 Elegance AWD (diesel)    – R418,900.00 (auto)
2.2 Exclusive AWD (diesel)    -R486,900.00 (manual)
2.2 Exclusice AWD (diesel)    – R499,900.00 (auto)

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