Honda CR-V to get a Diesel engine in India for the first time mated to a new 9-speed Automatic Transmission and all-wheel drive
HCIL has confirmed that they will introduce the 4th generation (5th generation for International market) CR-V in India this October. The soon to be launched SUV comes equipped with a host of new features this time alongside a completely new Diesel engine which is a surprising move from Honda.
The soon to be launched SUV looks bold and is now bigger, longer and even wider than its predecessor. Thanks to a longer wheelbase the cabin is now more spacious and even has helped Honda to add a third-row seat as well but only in Diesel version as optional.
Like we already mentioned above Honda has also decided to introduce a diesel unit for the first time alongside the petrol mill with the new CR-V. While the petrol variant gets the 2.0 Litre unit which generates about 154hp and 189 Nm of torque mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Unfortunately, it does not get an all wheel drive option this time as well.
Under the hood of the CR-V diesel variant, there is a completely new 1.6 Litre turbocharged i-DTEC unit. This power mill comes from Honda’s Earth Dreams family of engines and said to produce about 120 Hp of peak power and around 300 Nm of torque.
Although it may not sound much and the reason for that is Honda has decided to bring the single turbocharged unit to keep the costs downs, the International market gets the twin-turbocharged version which obviously generates more power.
However, the good news is that this powertrain will be paired to a 9-speed Automatic transmission which will send power to all the four wheels at the same time and even gets paddle shifters as standard which is absent in the petrol variant which will add some excitement while driving it. Honda will also assemble the CR-V in India and thus you can expect aggressive pricing from their end when it launches finally on 9th October.