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New Honda CR-V 7-Seater SUV- All You Need To Know

The India-bound 2018 Honda CR-V will receive a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine for the first time.

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2018 Honda CRV India

The fifth-generation Honda CR-V will come with a new diesel engine and 7-seat layout.

Seeing the growing demand for SUVs, car makers are planning to launch several new cars and facelifts of existing models in the Indian market. Honda is also planning to bring its global premium SUV – Honda HRV – in India. Interestingly, the Japanese automaker is also planning to introduce the seven-seater version of the CR-V in the country. The fifth-generation 2018 Honda CRV 7 seater model is already on sale in Thailand, and the same model will debut here sometime next year.

In the ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia) crash safety test, the new CR-V has been awarded with a 5-star rating. It is also the first model that secured 5-star rating under the new ASEAN NCAP Assessment 2017-2020 protocol. According to the crash test report, the new Honda CR-V has achieved overall score of 88.8 out of 100. This test includes a frontal offset impact test, side impact test and evaluation of safety features.

Besides seven-seat layout, the new SUV will also receive a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine for the first time in India. This engine will be paired to an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox. The gasoline version will get the same 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine that also powers the outgoing model. Drivetrain options will include FWD (front-wheel-drive) and optional AWD (all-wheel-drive). Also Read – New Honda Civic 2018 India Launch & Other Details

The India-bound 2018 CRV 7-seater will get a more contemporary and edgier design than its previous model. Based on the new Civic’s modular platform, the new model will get Honda’s new design language. The Japanese automaker will make several alterations to the Civic platform to accommodate an all-wheel drive system. Interior packaging will be better and there will more legroom, especially for the rear seat occupants.

The New CRV will come with 41mm longer wheelbase, which makes easier to accommodate 7-seats layout along with a larger boot space. For the first time, the SUV will receive an automatic shutter grille tech lowering aerodynamic drag. Talking about features, the CRV SUV will get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, an electric parking brake, high-quality soft-touch material and many more. Check Out – New-generation Honda CR-V Picture Gallery

2017 Honda CRV 7 seater SUV

 2018 Honda CRV 7 Seater India Launch

The 2018 Honda CRV 7 seater will bridge the gap that’s there above the existing CRV. Both HR-V and CR-V being 5-seaters might eat into each other’s sales, so a 7-seater CR-V makes a lot of sense for all markets. India will receive the same 7-seater CR-V model which is already on sale in Thailand. Though the Japanese carmaker hasn’t yet revealed the launch timeline of the vehicle, it is reported to hit showrooms sometime next year. Picture Gallery Upcoming Honda Cars in India

 2018 Honda CRV 7 Seater Price in India

Variant Expected Price
Base ModelRs 25 lakh
Top ModelRs 30 lakh

The fifth-generation CRV will see multiple cosmetic and feature upgrades along with a new diesel powertrain and an automatic gearbox. Honda will assemble the new 158bhp, 1.6L i-DTEC diesel engine locally in India, and aims to achieve 65% of localization for the new CR-V. This will surely help the carmaker achieve aggressive pricing. We expect the 2018 Honda CRV 7 seater will be priced around Rs 25 lakh for the entry-level variant, and Rs 30 lakh for the high-spec trim. Read – New-gen Honda Accord Gets A More Powerful Engine

2018 Honda CRV 7 Seater Specifications

Diesel Engine1.6-litre i-DTEC
Max Power157.8bhp @ 4,000rpm
Max Torque350Nm @ 2,000rpm
Petrol Engine2.4-litre i-VTEC
Max Power153.86bhp @ 6500rpm
Max Torque190Nm @ 4300rpm
GearboxCVT & ZF 9-speed automatic
DrivetrainFWD & AWD

For the first time, the CRV SUV will be offered with a diesel engine option in India. The 2018 Honda CR-V will get a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which will also power the Honda HRV and the next-gen Civic sedan. This engine will be locally developed at the company’s Tapukara based production plant. Paired to an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox, this oil burner is capable of producing a maximum power output of 157.8bhp at 4,000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2,000rpm.

On the flip side, the petrol version will retain the existing 2.4-litre i-VTEC motor. This engine churns out 153.86bhp of power at 6,500rpm and 190Nm of torque at 4,300rpm. Transmission options are likely to include a six-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit. Both the powertrains will come with FWD (front-wheel-drive) and optional AWD (all-wheel-drive) system. Read – Honda WR-V – All You Need To Know

2018 Honda CRV Mileage


The new model will be offered in petrol and diesel guise. While the petrol version is likely to return around 12-14kmpl, the oil burner should deliver close to 20kmpl.

2018 Honda CRV Other Details


Dimensions2018 CRV
Ground Clearance198mm
Boot Space967-litres

Based on the new Civic’s platform, the new CRV measures 4,596mm in length, 1,855mm in width and 1,679mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,660mm. The SUV comes with a ground clearance of 198mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. The 7-seater model offers a boot space of 150-litres, which can be extended up to 472-litres and 967-litres by folding third row and second row respectively.


Front – MacPherson strut
Rear – Multi-link

Braking System

Front – Ventilated disc
Rear – Solid disc

Key Features

LED indicators
Electrically adjustable ORVMs
Twin exhaust
Tailgate spoiler
Roof rails
Auto rain sensing wipers
Panoramic sunroof
LED taillights
Cruise control with speed limiter
Multi-functional steering wheel
LCD driver information interface with colour display
Dual-zone climate control
Smart keyless entry with push start button
Touchscreen infotainment system with Satellite Nav
Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
Bluetooth connectivity

Safety Features

The new CRV is equipped with several high-end safety and security features. It gets ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), Emergency Stop Signal, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Brake Booster, Vehicle Stability Assist, Tyre pressure monitoring system, etc.

2018 Honda CRV 7 Seater Competition

With more features, 7-seat layout and a new diesel engine, the 2018 Honda CR-V will face challenge from the Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming Nissan X-Trail. It will also take on the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and other premium SUVs.

2018 Honda CRV 7 Seater Exterior 

Design of the new-gen CRV will be a lot different from the current one. Sharing styling cues with the new Civic and BR-V, this new Honda SUV will look more contemporary and angular than the outgoing model. It will be the first Honda car to receive an automatic shutter grille tech that reduces aerodynamic drag. The face has an aggressive appeal with stylish headlamps with a wing-shaped LED DRL, a longer hood and muscular fenders.

The SUV will, however, retain the vertically positioned tail-lamp from the current-gen model. The car also features short overhang and dual exhaust. Design elements such as Active Shutter Grille (for the first time), High Beam Support (AHB) headlights, hands-free access power tailgate, a pair of 18-inch aluminium wheels and rain-sensing windshield wipers will be reserved for the top-spec model. Honda will also offer Genuine Honda Accessories with the SUV. Read – Honda Jazz Facelift Coming Soon

2018 Honda CRV 7 Seater Interior 

Similar to the exterior, the cabin will see comprehensive cosmetic and feature upgrades. The first thing you will notice inside is the 7-seats layout and better interior packaging. Sitting on 41mm longer wheelbase, the vehicle now offers 53mm better rear legroom and 2 cubic feet more luggage area. For the record, Honda claims that the 2018 Honda CR-V offers the best-in-class cabin space and rear seat legroom.

2017 Honda CRV India steering

The 7-inch touchscreen display audio interface with Android operating system now features a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System (developed in cooperation with Garmin) and volume knob. The system also supports the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software. The 2018 Honda CR-V also comes with a host of comfort features such as dual-zone HVAC, remote engine start, heated mirrors, driver seat with 8-way power adjustment, front seat with 4-way power adjustment, rear USB charging points, etc.

With respect to safety, there are multiple advanced fitments such as Electric Parking Brake (EPB),  Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights, Blind Spot Information (BSI), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).


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