First launched in Feb 2013, Honda Car India has added few updates to the Honda CR-V top end variant. There are no changes in engine or its output, as the variant continues to be powered by the same 2.4l AT iVTEC delivering 190 PS power @ 7000 rpm and 226 Nm torque @ 4400 rpm. Transmission too is same, 5 speed automatic gearbox sending power to all four wheels.
So what are the updates on board the Honda CR-V top end variant? The updates added to the 4×4 CR-V include keyless entry, start/stop button for engine and a new entertainment system that consists of a 7″ touchscreen (the earlier one had 6.1″ screen) and six speakers besides voice recognition function. Bluetooth and HDMI Video compatibility form a part of this infotainment system. Apart from this, it also gets tonneau cover, multi angle view via a reversing camera and auto dimming function for rear view mirror. What the new CR-V misses is navigation feature.
Launched in India in a total of four variants and two engine options, the Honda CR-V was launched at a priced from INR 19.95 lakhs to 23.85 lakhs. Today, the top of the line CR-V costs Rs 25.09 lakhs, ex-showroom. It measures 4545mm in length, 1820mm in width, 1685mm in height, and sits on a wheelbase measuring 2620mm.
Competing with the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V sales hover in the range of about 40-50 units per month. This is mainly due to the lack of a diesel engine option on board the CR-V. Though this might change in the future, as there are plans to launch the 1.6l diesel Earth Dreams engine in India.