2018 Honda CR-V Gets Push Button Gear Shifting, Launch on 9th Oct

Honda CR-V Gets Push Button Gear Shift

The 2018 Honda CR-V diesel has a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission, the diesel engine also has an optional All Wheel Drive (AWD) system

Honda Cars India Ltd. will launch the all-new Honda CR-V in India on October 9. The new CR-V is more advanced than the current version. It is also bigger and offers 7 seats with the diesel variant.

Another highlight of the diesel version of the new Honda CR-V is that it will be equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission that will be sourced from ZF. Moreover, the company won’t offer a conventional gear shifter with its latest SUV. Instead of the gear lever, it will have buttons to toggle between modes like D, S and N.

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The diesel engine of the new Honda CR-V will be powered by a 1.6-litre iDTEC engine that outputs a maximum power of 120 hp and a peak torque of 300 Nm. This engine belongs to the company’s EarthDreams family and will even power the India-bound Honda Civic. Internationally, this engine is available with a dual-turbo setup that makes the motor powerful. However, India gets a single-turbo version in interests of fuel economy.

While these performance figures don’t sound too good, let’s not forget that the ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission is a gem. Thanks to various well-defined cogs, the engine stays in the powerband under most kind of usage. While the new SUV isn’t very quick, most won’t feel the need of additional pep.
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On the other hand, the petrol version of the new Honda CR-V will draw power from a 2.0-litre iVTEC engine that outputs 154 hp of maximum power and 189 Nm of peak torque. Unlike the diesel engine, which gets a torque converter automatic, this engine will come mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Also, while the diesel engine will have an optional All Wheel Drive (AWD) system, the same won’t be available on the petrol version. Moreover, it will have a conventional gearlever and not a button system, like in the Diesel variant.