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14 January 2013

New Honda CR-V coming next month

No, there wont be a diesel option as yet. A 2.4-litre 185bhp petrol will be offered at the launch with CKD or SKD operations on the cards

Devesh Shobha
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When the CR-V was first launched in India a decade ago, it quickly became one of the most sought after SUVs in the country. It drove and handled like a car and came with the reliability of Honda. But the carmaker soon faced tough competition from manufacturers offering diesel options and the CR-V’s sales rapidly started declining. Facelifts and upgrades didn’t help the iconic Honda SUV much, sending the Japanese giant back to the drawing board.

Cut to 2011, Honda showcased the all-new fourth generation CR-V with the global launch commencing the following year. Hitting our shores this February, Honda pledges to counter the SUV’s flagging sales in India with the new and much-improved CR-V. It promises to be more comfortable, spacious and powerful than before and it’s a good alternative for those looking out for a soft-roader.

Although a diesel variant wont be available from the word go, a 2.4-litre, 185bhp petrol motor will power the new CR-V. Honda says they are developing a diesel motor for India, but we aren’t expecting it to see the day of light anytime soon. Honda is looking at getting the SUV in India via CKD or SKD route, which will help the carmaker price it competitively.

But will a market so inclined towards diesel engines accept the new petrol-powered CR-V with open arms? Until Honda plonks a diesel motor under its hood, it’s going to be a difficult task for the new CR-V to mirror the success story of the first generation model.

Tags: cr v, honda