Honda Cars India could launch the latest CR-V Crossover in February 2013. The new CR-V which has already gone on sale in the United States, Europe, South Africa and Australia is an all new model. The crossover, which is known for its car like ride with an SUV like ground clearance, comes with brand new styling that features Honda’s now familiar family face. The crossover is available with a choice of four engines in international markets. Two naturally aspirated petrol engines and two turbo diesel engines make up the 2013 CR-V’s engine range. The Indian market though, is expected to make do only with petrol engines.
The CR-V’s two petrol engines consist of a 2 Liter-4 cylinder i-VTEC engine that produces 153 Bhp-190 Nm while the more powerful 2.4 Liter i-VTEC engine outputs 187 Bhp-222 Nm. Both engines are naturally aspirated units. Coming to the turbo diesel units, the 2013 CR-V gets the entry level 1.6 Liter i-DTEC unit producing 120 Bhp-300 Nm and a bigger 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine that outputs 148 Bhp-350 Nm. These engines are mated to five speed manual and five speed automatic gearbox options depending on the variant chosen. In India, the CR-V is expected to be sold with the 2 Liter and 2.4 Liter i-VTEC petrol engines with no turbo diesel engine for the car buyer to choose from.
The entry level variant of the 2013 Honda CR-V crossover is available in front wheel drive guise while the top spec versions get all wheel drive as standard. The CR-V sold internationally comes in two versions: American and European. Both versions of the 2013 Honda CR-V differing slightly in terms of exterior styling. While the American version comes with a matt finish up front, the Euro-spec CR-V gets more chrome on the front. India is expected to get the Euro-spec CR-V, with styling closely mirroring the version sold in the United Kingdom.
So far, the CR-V crossover has been imported into the country as a completely built unit and this has pushed up the cost of the crossover to a level that is more than much bigger luxury SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Given the small volumes that the 2013 Honda CR-V will see due to the non-availability of a turbo diesel engine option, we are left wondering whether Honda will make the additional investment of assembling the crossover through the CKD route or whether the Japanese automaker will continue importing the CR-V through the CBU route.
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