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Honda Cars India Ltd. has launched the fifth generation of the CR-V in India today, with prices starting at Rs 28.15 lakh (ex-showroom). This is a completely refreshed car compared to the one on sale earlier, and significantly, now comes with the option of a diesel motor. The CR-V is available in three variants — a 2WD petrol, a 2WD diesel and an AWD diesel.

The new CR-V comes with a fresh design, with a sharply styled front grille, funky looking alloys and LED lights at the front and rear. Yet, it retains that iconic CR-V shape. The wheelbase has been increased over the previous generation car to free up more room on the inside. The CR-V gets seven seats (only the diesel, though), and this has been optimised with some smart packaging — the fuel tank is under the second row of seats and this allows for a full-size spare wheel under the third row. As for the drivetrains, the big news is about the inclusion of a diesel motor in the line-up. The motor is a 1.6-litre unit that makes 117bhp at 4000rpm and 300Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and comes with the option of a two-wheel drive or AWD drivetrain. The second engine is a 2-litre petrol motor that puts out 151bhp at 6500rpm and 189Nm at 4300rpm. This engine is mated to a CVT and only comes with the option of a 2WD.

The CR-V comes packed with a whole host of features. On the inside, you get a nice looking 7-inch infotainment screen that comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The SUV gets a total of 8 speakers in the car. You get leather upholstery, and the dash is finished in a mix of piano black plastics and wood. The CR-V also comes with a large sunroof, a parking camera, front parking sensors and premium bits like an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way lumbar support adjustment, auto wipers and auto headlamps.

Honda has given safety a fair share of their attention as well. The new CR-V comes with a 5 -star safety rating from the ASEAN N-CAP, and this is a combination of a lot of things. The body structure has been engineered to protect occupants during an impact, it gets 6 airbags, a driver attention monitor, ABS, EBD and brake assist. It also gets something called Honda LaneWatch — cameras under the wing mirrors throw a live feed of your blind spots on the infotainment screen. It also gets vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist, and ISOFIX mounts.

While the petrol is priced at Rs 28.25 lakh, the 2WD diesel costs Rs 30.65 lakh while the AWD diesel costs Rs 32.75 lakh. The CR-V rivals the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq, VW Tiguan and the Hyundai Tucson. We have driven the new CR-V and you can read our review here.
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