New Honda CR-V with 1.6L diesel engine India launch in 2018
The fifth generation of Honda CR-V has already been launched in some markets. It will be launched in India next year.
After focusing on improving its presence in the mass market segments for the last few years, Honda Cars India is now shifting its attention towards the premium end of the market. Given that premium crossovers are in the vogue right now, the company is planning to introduce the Honda CR-V 1.6L diesel in the country.
A new report now reveals that the next-gen CR-V with diesel engine will be launched in 2017. Once launched, the new Honda CR-V can compete with the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass and the likes.
The CR-V diesel in Europe is powered by the 1.6-litre i-DTEC Earth Dreams diesel engine which is tuned to deliver 120 PS and 300 Nm of torque. The Thai-spec version of this engine, delivers 160 PS and 350 Nm. The motor is available either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a new 9-speed automatic transmission. Honda is likely to launch only the fully-kitted automatic variant in India.
Honda Cars India already manufactures the engine block, engine head and crankshaft for the 1.6 liter diesel engine. This is then exported to various other markets where the 1.6l diesel engine is on sale.
With parts already being locally manufactured, it will not be difficult to price the new CRV diesel aggressively. In addition to the diesel engine, new gen Honda CRV will also be offered with a 7 seat option.