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Fifth-gen Honda CR-V to launch on October 9

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It’s been more than a decade since Honda had launched its first crossover-SUV, the CR-V, in India. And it was one of the most popular Honda cars ever to come to our shores. However, the fact that CR-V was available only with a petrol engine and that its competitors were offering a diesel powertrain made the CR-V lose out. Now though, Honda is all set to launch the fifth-gen CR-V in India on October 9. And guess what? The new CR-V is now also available in a diesel variant.

The front of the car has been redesigned, it gets full LED headlamps and a thick chrome bar, which we have seen on the new Accord and the new Amaze. On the inside, it gets all the creature comforts such as a 7-inch touchscreen display, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, steering mounted volume controls and so on. In terms of size, the fifth-gen SUV is exactly the same as the previous one. But Honda has pushed the wheels closer to the edge, freeing up a lot of space; the wheelbase is 40mm longer than before and the passengers in the second-row now have 50mm more legroom. Even the ride-height has been increased by 35mm. And with all seats folded, you have 1,756-litres of boot space at your disposal.

Under the hood, there is a 1.6-litre, turbo-diesel that produces 118bhp and 300Nm of torque. If you are thinking that Honda has ditched its reliable petrol motor, then you’d be wrong. The 2.0-litre petrol motor churns out 152hp and 189Nm of torque. While the oil-burner is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox, the petrol motor is paired to the CVT transmission.  The fifth-gen CR-V also gets all-wheel-drive. We have driven the all-new CR-V and you can click here for our review.

The Honda CR-V rivals the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Skoda Kodiaq and the Hyundai Tucson. Now that the CR-V is finally available with a petrol engine, do you think it can regain its popularity?

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