Japanese automaker, Honda had showcased the new generation CR-V 7-seater SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The company has confirmed that the vehicle will go on sale in the country before the end of 2018-19 fiscal. For the first time, the CRV will be made available with a diesel engine. Latest media report claims that the new Honda CR-V diesel engine will be de-tuned for the Indian market. It will offer a maximum power output of 118bhp and a peak torque of 300Nm.
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The SUV will be powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which is produced at the company’s Tapukara, Rajasthan plant. This engine offers two states of tunes – 118bhp/300Nm and 158bhp/350Nm. The more powerful version is currently on sale in select European markets. The report further claims that Honda is opted for the less powerful engine to achieve aggressive pricing. While the 118bhp engine uses a single turbocharger, the 158bhp tune requires twin turbochargers. You May Also Like – Honda Amaze 2018 | Honda Civic 2018
With 300Nm torque and shorter gear ratios, Honda is aiming to achieve faster acceleration with the India-spec CRV. The vehicle is claimed to accelerate to 100kmph from zero in 11.2 seconds, which is pretty impressive. The new CR-V will be assembled through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. Besides 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, the new CRV will continue to feature the 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol unit.
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The diesel version of the new generation CR-V is also likely to feature a 9-speed automatic gearbox. A six-speed manual gearbox will come as standard, while a CVT automatic will be offered with petrol version. Besides CRV, Honda will launch the new Civic and new Amaze in the Indian market in 2018.