New Honda CRV SUV with 7 seat arrangement debuts – India launch in September
The fourth generation CRV comes with increased interior space but reduced engine options.
Honda is all set to launch 2018 CRV in Europe in the next two months. While new CRV gets a lot of updates on the inside, it loses out on multiple engine options it had earlier. 2018 Euro-spec Honda CRV comes powered by a 1.5-liter four cylinder VTEC turbo-petrol motor only, however customers can choose between a manual transmission and a CVT unit.
The SUV has a 30 mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor which has resulted in more space for its occupants; in-fact, class-leading as per Honda. Thanks to the lager space availability, Honda is now offering 2018 CRV with an option of seven seats as well, apart from the conventional five seats arrangement.
The stock petrol motor produces 170 hp and 220 Nm of torque when it is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and delivers 190 hp and 243 Nm when it is mated to a CVT unit. The manual transmission is available with an option of a front wheel drive setup and an all-wheel drive version, however CVT comes only with the latter.
Honda has confirmed that it won’t launch a diesel option of new CRV in Europe, however it plans to launch a new hybrid version in 2019, which will feature a 2.0 litre i-VTEC motor mated to an electric motor and a separate electric generator motor. (it was mentioned as such)
Back home, the Japanese car manufacturer is all set to launch 2018 CR-V in September, just around the festive season. Upcoming Honda CR-V in India will be powered by a 1.6 litre diesel engine, first time for the SUV which has conventionally been on sale only with a petrol motor in India.
Pricing is expected to start around Rs 27 lakhs while the SUV will compete with Hyundai Tuscon, VW Tiguan, Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, and upcoming Mahindra XUV700.