The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover from the Japanese manufacturer. It was launched in 1995 and is in its fourth generation now. In the first nine months of 2014, the CR-V was the best-selling SUV in the world.
The fourth generation CR-V was launched at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. It came to India on 15th December 2011. In India, the SUV gets a 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre engine with both a manual and an automatic transmission. The car equipped with the 2.4 litre engine has four-wheel drive.
To increase its appeal, the fourth generation CR-V gets a facelift. The 2015 vehicle gets a new diesel engine and a new nine-speed automatic transmission as well as better refinement and comfort, safety features and more equipment. Honda claims that the new CR-V is also more engaging to drive.
Honda launched the new CR-V in the Indian market back in the year 2013 and it failed to create any impression in the market mainly because it lacked the premium appeal of a SUV. But perhaps that is all going to change because according to the recent reports the next generation CR-V which will most probably enter the International market in the year 2017 will be a more premium offering compared to the current generation SUV.
So how premium will be the next generation CR-V if you actually ask then Honda will be targeting the customers of the new Land Rover Discovery Sport and even the Volvo XC60. Now we all know these are the entry level offerings from the premium cars brand s like Volvo and Land Rover so what exactly is Honda planning to take on its competition. According to Autocar UK the new generation CR-V will be offered as a 7 seater and will also get four wheel drive as standard. The new car will also grow to actually make way for the HR-V which is already available in the International market.
The Honda official also informed Autocar UK that Honda takes the CR-V very importantly. One can also expect that the interiors of this upcoming SUV to borrow some styling inspiration from the HR-V while it will also gets plenty of new equipments which will help in increasing the overall appeal.
As far as Indian market is concerned we just recently informed our readers that Honda is actually planning to launch a new SUV which will be positioned below the CR-V and it will also be a 7 seater and will be unveiled towards the year end, while it will also be showcased at the 2016 Auto expo. Apart from that Honda will also be launching the new Accord in the Indian market in 2016.
Car recalls are not new in the International market but Indians too are getting used to this now. Recently Honda Car India Ltd (HCIL) has actually recalled 2388 cars in India to replace the faulty driver side airbag inflator.
Honda has actually recalled about 1040 units of Honda Brio hatch, 1235 units of Honda Amaze compact sedan and 63 units of Honda CR-V SUV which were manufactured between the time periods of September 2011 to July 2014. According to the Japanese manufacturer this recall is a part of their global recall campaign to replace the faulty Baffle Plate in the Inflator. Due to that incorrect assembly of baffle plates in these cars the pressure within the inflator may rise excessively in time of an accident when the airbag has been deployed which might cause damage to the container. However there has been no such incident in India yet but still Honda does not want to take any chances and that is why they are replacing these parts which will ensure top class quality and safety standards.
The replacements which will take place in these cars will be carried out entirely at the manufacturers cost and the owners of the specific cars can log into the company’s website www.hondacarindia.com and submit the 17 character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and check if their car comes under the campaign or not.
Honda showcased their updated CR-V at the 2014 Paris motor show. Although the cosmetic changes made to the SUV which is also sold in India are subtle and the only noticeable changes to the exterior includes a redesigned headlamp units, foglamps, skid-plate and a stylish new more rufgged looking bumper bumper both at its front and rear, the rest of the profile almost remains unchanged except the new LED combination tail lamps and a refreshed tailgate design. There has been absolutely no changes made to the interior of the SUV and this new facelift CR-V still carries the same old interior which is a bit disappointing.
However the biggest change that you will find in the new facelift CR-V is under its hood. That’s right! The facelift CR-V SUV is offered with a more powerful and efficient 1.6-liter i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series which will replace the existing 2.2 liter i-DTEC diesel engine. This new engine promises to offer an impressive overall performance and a lower Co2 emission and even better fuel efficiency figures. The new and powerful diesel engine will be mated to a smooth shifting 6 speed manual transmission beside the optional efficient nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.6 Liter i-DTEC diesel engine promises to produce about 160 Ps of peak power and 350 Nm of torque, this engine also takes care of the environment and emits only 130 g/km of CO2 which actually has improved by 11 percent compared to the previous engine. Beside the 4 wheel drive SUV the base 2 wheel driven CR-V will be powered by the same 1.6 Liter i-DTEC diesel engine producing about 120 ps of peak power.
Expect this new facelift SUV to go on sale in the Indian market sometimes.
We all have became habituated with the word “Recall” in the past few years and every other Auto manufacturer are recalling their products in order to replace some faulty parts. Some consumers are talking it positively and are saying that the manufacturers are continuously trying to improve their products and also focusing more on the safety of their consumers while others have a different thought about these recalls.
Recently, Honda Cars India has recalled 1,075 units of their premium sedan Honda Accord and 252 units of their SUV Honda CR-V manufactured in the Year 2003 and also 1 unit of CR-V manufactured in the Year 2002. Honda has recalled these cars in order to replace the Passenger Side Air Bag inflators as a preventive measure by the Japanese manufacturer. Due to this faulty passenger side airbag inflators during the propellant forming process, the casing of the airbag may get damaged during an accident when the airbag deploys which may result in severe injury to the side front passengers.
This recall is also a part of the global recall announced in June 2014, which was regarding the defect that was detected with the passenger side airbags.Honda Cars India limited (HCIL) is carrying out replacement off these parts in order to ensure that they provide the highest and safest quality standards for their products across the globe. However till now there has been no report of any incident regarding the fault part in India. Honda Cars India will carry out the entire replacement free of cost at all the HCIL dealerships across the Country in a phased manner and the company will themselves contact the individual customers directly.
If Honda had brought its diesel engine to India from the get go, things would have been very different. There would have been more Hondas on Indian roads and a little less Maruti Suzukis, probably.
The Honda CR-V sits in a segment where diesel is the name of the game. Toyota have the diesel powered Fortuner, while Ford and Chevrolet offer the Endeavour and Captiva respectively.
In the mix of all these diesel heavyweights is the Honda CR-V with a distinct character of its own. A soft-roader, the Honda CR-V is a quality product which fails to compete with its rivals due to the lack of a diesel engine. Sadly, Honda says, a diesel CR-V will not be here until 2015.
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Honda Car India has released information about the various models that will take part in the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. The Honda booth will have one brand new concept car along with other production models.
In recent times, the Japanese car maker has tasted success in compact sedan segment and this time at the Delhi Auto Expo, Honda will unveil to the world the Honda Vision XS-1 design study.
The Vision XS-1 is conceptual model of a new crossover model featuring sporty styling and intelligent utility of interior space much like the Brio’s "man maximum, machine minimum" philosophy.
It is not the only concept that will take part in the Expo. Honda will also bring the NSX Concept sports car. The NSX Concept is touted to replace the mid-engined super car from the 1990s. Honda has shown it to the world before and this time it arrives in India.
Also on display will be the Honda Accord Hybrid. This is a car the company could launch in India. Although, market for hybrid cars is not that big here, their rivals at Toyota do offer the Prius and Camry Hybrids.
Honda recently launched an MPV based on the Brio platform for the South-East Asian markets. Called the Honda Mobilio, this model is touted to enter the Indian market targeting cars like the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the upcoming Datsun Go Plus.
One of the star attractions at this year’s Delhi Auto Expo will be the all-new Honda Jazz. The third generation of the popular premium hatchback is set to make its debut, finally. A diesel powered Jazz could also be on the menu which should attract more customers to the brand.
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The Japanese manufacturer has been manufacturing Honda CR-V since 1995 and it has been one of the popular SUV’s in the foreign market. India used to get the imported CR-V SUV till now, but in the year 2013 Honda launched the fourth generation CR-V which will be assembled in India which means the prices for the new Honda CR-V is reduced. The CR-V is a sophisticated looking SUV and has all the features which can impress anybody. The new CR-V also comes with added power and both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive option.
The Honda Cr-V has 2 engine options the 2.0 litre and 2.4-litre petrol motors. The 2.0 litre generates 156 PS at 6500 rpm and the 2.4 litre generates 190 PS at 7000 rpm. The 2.0 litre motor has both automatic and manual transmission option whereas the bigger engine comes with only and automatic transmission and Honda’s on-demand four-wheel-drive system.
It’s their engines which have made Honda the colossal automotive giant that they have become. From their F1 engines to the VTEC motors. No one does engines like Honda and the next big thing to come out of the Japanese manufacturer after the VTEC engines has been the development of diesel units and their DTEC engines are what that the Indian market is waiting for.
Honda will now be launching the Civic in Europe with a 1.6-litre DTEC engine and this is the engine which would form the basis of the 1.5-litre DTEC engine which is expected to come into India next year to power the Brio based sedan, an MPV to rival the Maruti Ertiga and probably the City too.
The engine which has an all aluminium construction is expected to deliver its maximum torque at low revs and with a meaty mid range. The size is expected to be compact and the 4 cylinder engine is expected to deliver 120PS at 4000 rpm and 300Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. The manufacturer claims this new motor to be the lightest diesel in the world.
This engine is expected to come into Honda cars by 2013 and according to Honda this is the cleanest and most efficient engine in its class. The 2013 CR-V in India too could get this engine and this unit was was developed in the UK and is matched to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Enough has been said by us and other automotive sites and magazines on the importance of a diesel engine inHonda’s line up. The Japanese manufacturer is struggling because of the lack of a diesel engine and the truth is that it would do a world of good to all their cars, right from the Brio, Jazz,City,Accord and the CR-V to have a diesel option. Ever since petrol prices have started to rise just about every manufacturer is looking to add a diesel option to their cars. The 2012 Honda CR-V was launched last year at the Tokyo Motor Show and though the CR-V has been launched in Europe, the United States and a few other countries with a diesel engine, we still wait for it to come into India. We still aren’t sure when the CR-V will come into India and whether it would come as a CBU or will it be assembled. For the CR-V to really make inroads into our market it is imperative for Honda to assemble it in India so that costs could come down but also to launch it with a diesel option.
The India bound 2013 Honda CR-V will be launched in Europe with a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The CR-V until now was offered with a 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine which the manufacturer also offers on the Civic and the Accord. The 1.6-liter turbo diesel produces 120PS@4000rpm and 300Nm of torque @2000 rpm while the bigger 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine produces 150PS and 350Nm of torque. Both the engines are matched to either a 6-speed manual or a 5- speed automatic gearbox.
The 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine was primarily developed for the Civic and the i-DTEC diesel engine is the first drivetrain from the Earth Dreams Technology engine series. Honda claims that this is the lightest engine in its class and includs a compact turbocharger to ensure good performance and high fuel efficiency. The i-DTEC unit will be manufactured at Honda’s UK manufacturing plant. Honda is betting big on their Earth Dreams Technology which it hopes will help them become the leader in fuel efficiency in every category of cars they use this engine in. The manufacturer also plans to bring this diesel engine in the Civic to India soon by 2013 and Honda is also developing a 1.4-litre diesel engine to be used on the Brio,Jazz and City.
Honda has unveiled the new CR-V concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The CR-V has already been launched in the American market and has made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in the ’Prototype’ form. The European version is almost the same as the American version and compared to its predecessor, the new CR-V adopts a more aggressive stance with a bolder stance with deeper sculpted body lines.
Honda Motors has started to destroy over 1000 cars that were damaged due to the floods in Thailand. Honda has two manufacturing plants in Ayutthaya, Thailand and the area was severely damaged by the recent floods. The floods were the worst in the last 70 years of the country and all the 1000 Honda cars lying in Honda’s plants were submerged in water.
The Honda CR-V might not be the most important launch for Honda Motors India but it is eagerly anticipated nevertheless. Eagerly because this will be the first launch for Honda after the Brio and for a manufacturer which has taken a critical drubbing because of the lack of diesel engine and launch of exciting products baring the Brio in the last few years, this is redemption time for the Japanese manufacturer. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda Motors announced that the all-new CR-V would go on sale across Japan on December 2. This popular and versatile quasi-off-roader invented the compact crossover segment 16 years ago and we expect the all new CR-V to make it into India by the middle of 2012. We are still not completely sure whether the CR-V will continue to come as a CBU or if Honda will assemble it in India which will reduce tax and make it more affordable. If the CR-V continues to be brought in as a CBU then the price would be around 23 to 26lakhs.
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Taking a BMW 3-series up to Ladakh is a bad idea. As bad an idea as using a thoroughbred SUV made for crossing the Sahara in the city. It’s a matter of horses for course. It’s here where the Honda CR-V makes a compelling case for itself. The CR-V’s rationality lies in the fact that most people rarely take their SUV’s off the tarmac, so why build something that will never be used for what’s its designed for. This idea gave birth to the soft roader. A SUV looking vehicle with four wheel drive and high driving position, yet engineered to stay on the road. Essentially a ’car’ that looks like an SUV but doesn’t behave and think like one. With prices starting from Rs22, 64,038 to Rs24, 88,438 ex-showroom New Delhi, does the CR-V fit your style of motoring?