– 2018 Honda CRV is a 7-seater SUV with more premium looks and spacious interior.
– The SUV’s new-gen model will go on sale in the Indian market this year.
– The 2018 CRV will receive its first-ever turbocharged diesel engine.
– The 7-seater Honda CRV will also get a new 9-speed AT gearbox.
Japanese automaker, Honda has showcased three new cars – new Amaze, new CRV and Civic sedan at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. While the carmaker has revealed the new-generation Civic sedan to tap the premium sedan segment, it forays into the premium 7-seater SUV space with the new-generation CRV SUV. The 2018 Honda CRV 7-seater model will go on sale in the Indian market this year. Besides these 3 models, the company has showcased the Clarity fuel cell vehicle and Sports EV concept at the biennial event.
Besides 7-seats layout, the 2018 Honda CRV adorns company’s new design language and a more spacious and better quality interior along with a pack of new comfort and safety features. This SUV has sharper front-end design and looks bolder and more premium than the outgoing model. The new model is longer and wider than the previous model, measuring at 4,571mm in length and 1,885mm in width. Wheelbase has been raised to create better cabin space. In terms of equipments, the new CRV has a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat, dual-zone HVAC and remote engine start.
The biggest change comes in the form of powertrain. The 2018 Honda CRV 7 seater SUV received its first ever turbocharged diesel engine, which is claimed to deliver “refined and responsive performance”. The SUV also gets an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox, supported by FWD (front-wheel-drive) and optional AWD (all-wheel-drive) system. Based on new Civic’s modular platform, the 2018 CRV will also be safer than the outgoing model – thanks to the Honda SensingTM suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Check Out – New-gen Honda CR-V Picture Gallery
– LED indicators
– Electrically adjustable ORVMs
– Twin exhaust
– Tailgate spoiler
– Roof rails
– Auto rain sensing wipers
– Panoramic sunroof
– LED DRLs
– 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
In Honda’s Indian product lineup, the 2018 Honda CRV 7 seater will bridge the gap that’s there above the existing CRV. With 5-seats configurations, the new Honda HR-V and CR-V might eat each others’ sales. Therefore, the 7-seater CR-V model makes a lot of sense for the Indian market. The SUV has officially made its public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. As far as launch is concerned, the carmaker has confirmed that the new CRV model will go on sale in the second half of 2018. Check Out – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 25 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 30 lakh|
The new generation CRV 7-seater SUV receives comprehensive aesthetic and feature updates. Besides this, the car is also equipped with a new 1.6-litre Honda’s Earth Dreams diesel engine and a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Aiming to achieve 65% of localization for the new CRV, Honda has started assembling the new turbocharged diesel powertrain in India. This will also help the company price the vehicle quite competitively. The 2018 Honda CRV 7 seater price in India could be as low as Rs 25 lakh for the base model, and go up to Rs 30 lakh for the range-topping trim. Read: New Honda Accord – All You Need To Know
|Petrol Engine||2.4-litre i-VTEC|
|Max Power||153.86bhp @ 6,500rpm|
|Max Torque||190Nm @ 4,300rpm|
|Diesel Engine||1.6-litre i-DTEC|
|Max Power||160bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 2,000rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT & CVT|
|Drivetrain System||FWD & AWD|
|Boot Space||Up to 967L|
The fourth-generation Honda CRV has failed to generate volume for the carmaker due to two reasons – seating configuration (5-seats) and lack of diesel engine. The SUV’s next-gen model addressed both the issues. Honda not only add the third seats row on the new-gen CRV, but offer a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine as well. Manufactured locally at Honda’s Tapukara plant, the new turbocharged diesel engine churns out a maximum power output of 160bhp at 4,000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. The Honda’s Earth Dreams diesel motor is paired to an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox.
On the other hand, the SUV’s petrol version derives its power from the same 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine that does duty in the current model. This gasoline unit can make a maximum power of 153.86bhp at 6,500rpm and 190Nm of peak torque at 4,300rpm. Transmission options on offer include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit. Both the powertrains will come with FWD (front-wheel-drive) and optional AWD (all-wheel-drive) system.
Damping duties on the SUV has been taken care of by MacPherson strut and Multi-link suspension units fitted at the front and rear axles respectively. Its braking system comprises of ventilated disc upfront and solid disc rear brakes.
Sharing its platform with the new Civic sedan, the 2018 Honda CRV measures 4,596mm in length, 1,855mm in width and 1,679mm in height. The wheelbase and ground clearance of the SUV stand at 2,660mm and 198mm respectively. While the former makes it more spacious than the current model, the latter one helps it tackle Indian road conditions more efficiently. The wheelbase of the car has been increased by 41mm, while the rear seats offer 53mm more legroom. The 7-seater model offers a boot space of 150-litres, which can be stretched by up to 967-litres by folding third row and second row respectively. Read – Honda WR-V – All You Need To Know
In India, the 7 seater Honda CRV will be offered in both petrol and diesel guise. While the petrol version is likely to return around 12-14kmpl, the oil burner should deliver close to 20kmpl.
Visually, the new-gen CRV looks bolder and more premium than the current one. Sharing its bits with the new Civic and BR-V, the SUV features sharper front-end design elements such as wing-shaped LED daytime running lights, wide and muscular fenders and sportier headlamps. Interestingly, the 2018 CRV 7 seater is Honda’s first car to feature an automatic shutter grille tech that reduces its aerodynamic drag.
The SUV, 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. The SUV also gets Honda-first available Hands Free Access Power Tailgate enabling to open and close the tailgate by simply kicking a foot under its rear. Read – Honda Jazz Facelift Coming Soon
Similar to the exterior, the cabin has received comprehensive cosmetic and feature upgrades. Step inside, and the first thing you will notice 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.
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, the SUV comes loaded with multiple advanced fitments such as 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, 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).
With more features, 7-seat layout and a new diesel engine, the 2018 Honda CR-V will face challenge from the upcoming Maruti Grand Vitara and Mahindra’s 7-seater SUV. It will also take on the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and other premium SUVs.