The India-bound 2017 Honda CR-V will receive a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine for the first time.
The fifth-generation Honda CR-V will come with a new diesel engine and 7-seat layout.
Soon-to-be-unveiled in Thailand, the new-generation Honda CR-V’s engine details have emerged on the web. As per the leaked information, the 2017 Honda CRV will see a major upgrade in the form of a new 1.6L i-DTEC diesel powertrain paired to an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic transmission. The SUV will continue to carry the regular 2.4L i-VTEC petrol motor with a CVT gearbox. Unlike the North American-spec version that has a five-seat layout, the India-bound model will come with a seven-seat configuration.
. The 2017 Honda CRV 7 seater will also 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. The fifth-gen CRV is designed on the new Civic’s modular chassis, and sits on 41mm longer wheelbase compared to the current one. That said, the Japanese carmaker will make multiple alteration to the Civic platform to accommodate an all-wheel drive system. Check Out – New Honda CR-V Picture Gallery
The SUV’s new-gen version will have its Thailand debut in the coming months. The same model will arrive in India as well. Since Honda Cars India (HCI) has a couple of products in the pipeline, we can expect it to see a release towards the end of this year. Picture Gallery – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 25 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 30 lakh|
The Japanese carmaker aims to achieve 65% of localization with the new-generation Honda CR-V in India. If this happens, the SUV could be priced in the competitive range of Rs 25 lakh – Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom).
With more features, an up-market cabin and 7-seat layout, the 2017 Honda CR-V will take challenge against the Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Santa Fe and other 7-seater cars in India. It will also go up against the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and other premium SUVs.
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.
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 2017 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 2017 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).
For the first time, the India-bound CRV will come with a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine churning out 157.8bhp at 4,000rpm and 350Nm at 2,000rpm. This oil burner will be matched with an all-new ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the petrol version will retain the existing 2.4-litre i-VTEC motor paired with a CVT gearbox. Both the powertrain will come with FWD (front-wheel-drive) and optional AWD (all-wheel-drive) system.