Honda CR-V

Armed with the op­tion of a diesel pow­er­train and seven-row seat­ing, will Honda’s fifth gen­er­a­tion CR-V re­gain the lost glory of the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle that was launched in In­dia way back in 2003?

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I’LL SKIP THE NOS­TAL­GIA THAT of­ten sur­rounds any talk of the Honda CR-V and get straight to the point. The fifth gen­er­a­tion of the Honda CR-V, which will be the fourth gen­er­a­tion to be launched in In­dia since we never got the first gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle, is all set for launch next month. Just in time for the fes­tive sea­son. It’s a tried and tested strat­egy and has never re­ally failed a man­u­fac­turer. Yet.

From Sirish’s drive in the Philip­pines just last month we al­ready know that the new CR-V gets a made-in-In­dia 1.6-litre four-pot turbo-diesel en­gine that puts out 118bhp and 300Nm of peak torque. Like the 1.5-litre i-DTEC, which in fact is the same en­gine but with a shorter stroke, that pow­ers the Amaze and the City, the 1.6 fea­tures the same alu­minium con­struc­tion and Honda claims it is the light­est in its class. Trans­mis­sion is via a 9-speed auto, which, in­ter­est­ingly, is op­er­ated via a but­ton. In ad­di­tion to the diesel there is a 152bhp 2-litre petrol en­gine as well with 189Nm of torque, mated to a CVT. There’s no man­ual trans­mis­sion to be had, as of yet.

We also know that for the first time, the CR-V will get a third row of seat­ing. This Honda then is geared not only to take on the Tuc­son, Com­pass and Tiguan but also the For­tuner, Ko­diaq, Hexa and En­deav­our.

What have we learnt since then?

While Sirish drove the Honda CR-V and came back not just with a good per­spec­tive on what it’ll be like to drive but also a host of in­for­ma­tion about the ve­hi­cle, here’s what he could not tell you. The Honda CR-V will be launched in In­dia in both five as well as seven seater con­fig­u­ra­tions. How­ever, if you want the third row of seat­ing then you’ll have to opt for the diesel vari­ant even if you’re a petrol­head since Honda will not be of­fer­ing this cov­eted-in-In­dia (we don’t re­ally know why) seven-seater con­fig only in the diesel vari­ant. As be­fore, the petrol vari­ant will re­main a five-seater SUV.

Also, the new Honda CR-V will not come with the op­tion of a man­ual trans­mis­sion at all. You’ll have to make do with a CVT if you’re buy­ing the petrol or the 9-speed auto if you’re go­ing for the diesel. Honda says that from a de­mand per­spec­tive, a man­ual trans­mis­sion in the CR-V seg­ment sim­ply isn’t war­ranted. Although we would have liked things to be other­wise, we are forced to agree.

Spa­cious, funky and loaded

The CR-V has grown in size and is now longer and wider than be­fore. Both the wheel­base and the track have also in­creased. As a re­sult, there’s acres of room in the well-fin­ished cabin.

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