The 5th Generation Honda CRV was on display at the 2018 Auto Expo. Ahead of its launch next month, Honda Car India conducted a media test drive of the India-spec CRV in Philippines recently. Here are detailed photos of the new CRV for India from the test drive.
A notable feature on this new Honda CRV will be a diesel engine to be introduced in India for the first time. Honda Cars India expects the new CRV to strengthen their position in the 7 seater SUV segment, which is currently dominated by the likes of Toyota Fortuner. It will also rival the soon to be launched Mahindra XUV700 and Tata H7X.
The 5th generation Honda CRV is larger than its earlier counterpart and now sports a third row seating at the rear. Dimensions stand 4,587mm long, 1,854mm wide, and 1,679mm tall while the wheelbase is 2,659mm long making it 58mm longer, 35mm wider and 25mm taller than the earlier model while wheelbase has also been extended by 40mm. Weight is also increased by 142 kgs.
Design elements on the exterior of the Honda CRV sport some changes. These include a wider front end, a new front grille flanked by sleek headlamps and a chrome bar running across. It gets massive wheel arches with new machine finished alloy wheels, prominent body cladding and L shaped tail lamps at the rear along with an extended windshield.
Interiors have also been revamped for the 5th Generation Honda CRV with leather upholstery, larger driver and passenger seats, a multi layered dashboard and wood paneling on doors. It sports a large touchscreen infotainment system, 8 way adjustable driver’s seat, dual zone climate control and cruise control. Instead of conventional gear lever, it has a push-button operated gearbox.
The 5th generation Honda CRV for India is powered by a 1.6 liter i-DTEC diesel engine offering 120 hp power and 300 Nm torque. It also gets a 2.0 liter, four cylinder petrol engine offering 154 hp power and 192 Nm. Transmission is via state of the art 9 speed automatic gearbox from ZF. Manual transmission will not be on offer. Expect prices to be in the range of Rs 28-30 lakhs, ex-showroom.