The Honda CR-V in its current avatar (generation-3) has been on sale in the Indian market since early 2013 with no major updates. Now with the European, America and South-east Asian markets getting updated versions, the Indian market too is expected to get this model as the car sold here is brought in via the CKD route from Thailand.
The facelifted CR-V gets a new bumper with integrated LED lights while the grille has now moved from being a four slat unit to a single one with the Honda logo in the centre. It is a part of the Japanese automaker’s ‘Exciting H Design’ and has already been introduced via the Honda City that was launched in 2014.
Changes to the side profile include, new two-tone alloy wheels and indicators integrated into the OVRMs but otherwise the overall profile remains the same as the outgoing model. We expect that the CR-V to retain most of the interior from the current car but get all the updates from the City.
The cabin of the Honda CR-V is visually similar to that of the Honda City right down to the layout of the elements. However, this being a larger vehicle it does get a significantly larger feature list as well as some wood inserts for the dashboard.
Engine and gearbox
On the engine front, it retains the 2.0-litre petrol and the 2.4-litre petrol four pot motors. They produce 154bhp/190Nm, 187/226Nm with only the former getting the option of a six-speed manual while the latter is offered with only six-speed AT and AWD system.
Price and competition
Honda is unlikely to change the price of the vehicle but will definitely introduce an additional higher spec variant. It competes with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Captiva.