The Honda CR-V may not have set sales charts ablaze in India but has always found favour with more sophisticated, upmarket SUV buyers in the country. And Honda is launching the all-new, fifth generation CR-V in India, today. What makes the new CR-V all the more interesting is the fact that this time, Honda has also equipped it with a diesel engine, an AWD system and a third row of seats. This helps the CR-V tick a lot more boxes on premium SUV buyers' lists than it ever did, thereby making it a lot more competitive as well. The diesel engine under its hood is a new, 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, while the petrol engine is a refreshed and more powerful version of the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine seen on the CR-V previously. We are bringing you live updates from the launch event right here.
The 2018 Honda CR-V has been launched in India at Rs 28.15 lakh (ex-showroom) for the petrol 2WD variant. The new CR-V also receives a diesel engine option along with all-wheel drive (AWD) and 7 seats.
The new Honda CR-V gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard along with a navigation system from Garmin.
The diesel version of the new Honda CR-V does not get a traditional drive selector lever but uses buttons to let you choose, park, drive or reverse modes, though the petrol version does get the ‘stick shifter’.
Only the diesel version of the new CR-V gets a third row of seats, the petrol version is on offer as a five-seater only.
The new CR-V gets LED headlights and LED fog lamps as standard.
The petrol and diesel versions both run on 18-inch alloy wheels though the design of wheels on both are different from each other.
While the diesel version of the new CR-V uses a nine-speed automatic transmission, the petrol version only gets a six-speed CVT.
The CR-V is also being offered with the option of a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine which offers 150PS and 190Nm.
The 1.6-litre diesel in the CR-V has been detuned for the Indian market and makes 120PS and 300Nm here.
This is the first time Honda is offering the option of a diesel engine on the CR-V, which is a new (for India) 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine.
The CR-V being launched today is the fifth generation version and was first showcased in India at the Auto Expo earlier this year.
Here is our first drive review of the 2018 Honda CR-V, the first time that Honda has brought the SUV with a diesel engine to India: