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New Honda CR-V Diesel To Be Launched Next Year

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

Growing SUV segment has been attracting all the major players in the automobile industry. Where most of the manufacturers are bringing in new products, some are updating their existing lineup to tap the market. Interestingly, the Japanese carmaker – Honda is planning to introduce the seven-seater version of the CR-V in the Indian market. One must note that the fifth-generation Honda CR-V 7-seater SUV is already on sale in Thailand, and the same model will debut here sometime next year. It’s not only the new seating layout that makes the SUV’s new model special, it will also receive a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine with an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic transmission. The new 2018 Honda CRV will also continue to come with the current 2.4L i-VTEC petrol motor and a CVT gearbox. Drivetrain options will include FWD (front-wheel-drive) and optional AWD (all-wheel-drive).

Similar to the Thailand-spec model, the India-bound 2018 CR-V will feature more contemporary and edgier design than its predecessor. Most of its design and styling elements will be carried over from the BR-V and new-gen Civic. The fifth-gen CRV is designed on the new Civic’s modular chassis. That said, the Japanese carmaker will make multiple alteration 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.

Thanks to its 41mm longer wheelbase, the 2018 Honda CRV easily accommodates 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. Other key features will include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone 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 Model Rs 25 lakh
Top Model Rs 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 Engine 1.6-litre i-DTEC
Max Power 157.8bhp @ 4,000rpm
Max Torque 350Nm @ 2,000rpm
Petrol Engine 2.4-litre i-VTEC
Max Power 153.86bhp @ 6500rpm
Max Torque 190Nm @ 4300rpm
Gearbox CVT & ZF 9-speed automatic
Drivetrain FWD & AWD

Besides the 7-seat configuration, the 2018 Honda CR-V will receive a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine in India. This motor will be paired to an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox, and produce a top power of 157.8bhp at 4,000rpm and 350Nm at 2,000rpm. On the other hand, the petrol version will retain the existing 2.4-litre i-VTEC motor coupled to a CVT gearbox. 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 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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The fifth-generation Honda CR-V will be a 7-seater SUV with a more up-market cabin and premium design. Mechanically, the SUV will receive a new diesel engine with an automatic gearbox.

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