Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) recently launched its 4th generation Honda CR-V in India. The all-new CR-V will be assembled in India for the first time at HCIL’s manufacturing facility in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, a new step towards strengthening its operations. Ammar Alvi checks out the new SUV.
One of the country’s first soft roaders has come a long way. The Honda CR-V, known for its refinement and excellent ride and comfort looks, is even better in its new avatar. The SUV looks more sophisticated and elegant; there are large HID projector headlights, a new chrome grille and of course a whole new design philosophy. The aerodynamic design is carried to the rear and the rear glass has been sculpted to look as wide as possible. The vertical rear combination lamp comes with a new theme for the 4th generation CR-V with a more three-dimensional style that augments the design and aerodynamics of the vehicle. The all-new CR-V sports a shark fin antenna that further accentuates the aero form. The new large 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and bold fender flares emphasise the vehicle’s dynamic presence and capability.
The 2013 model will be offered with two engine choices. A 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 156PS @ 6500rpm, while the more powerful 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC offers 190PS on tap at 7000rpm. The 2.0 litre unit is mated to either a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual, while the 2.4 litre offers the auto box as a standard fitment.
According to Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO, HCIL, “With the launch of the fourth generation CR-V, we once again affirm our commitment to bring the latest from the global Honda portfolio to our customers in India. It is a matter of great pride for us at HCIL to assemble the CR-V in India for the first time.”
The CR-V is not the most fuel-efficient SUV around but still is modest. According to the ARAI figures, 2.0 litre manages about 13.7 kmpl, while the 2.4 litre belts out 12 kmpl.
The interior of the all-new Honda CR-V aims to redefine the segment with a sedan-like driving comfort, reduced noise levels, a host of new and leading features, convenient integration with personal technology, versatile cargo storage and high-quality materials. The new model offers a more spacious interior layout. The all new premium Dual Tone Sienna Beige Interiors with leather upholstery make the inside of Honda CR-V comforting. One of the most significant new interior features in the CR-V is the One Motion Dive Down Rear Seats which helps in increasing the cargo area in the car and is much more convenient than the traditional manual folding seats. Each side of the rear seat can automatically fold full flat into the front of the cargo area using one of the small levers located near the tailgate or a pull-strap positioned on the rear seat side.
The prices of the new SUV start at `19.95 lakh ex showroom and go all the way to `23.85 lakh ex-showroom.