Honda has just launched the 2013 CR-V crossover in India. The 2013 CR-V has been launched in no less than four variants. The CR-V crossover will be available only with petrol engine options in India, with the 2 Liter i-VTEC engine serving as the entry level variant while the more powerful 2.4 Liter(190 PS-226 Nm) i-VTEC engine will be available with the top end versions of the CR-V. The C-V gets a 6 speed manual transmission as standard on the base variant powered by the 2 Liter(156 PS-190 Nm) i-VTEC petrol engine. All other variants of the crossover get a 5 speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Here are the prices of the India-spec 2013 Honda CR-V Crossover,
* Honda CR-V 2.0 Manual: INR 19.95 lakhs
* Honda CR-V 2.0 Automatic: INR 20.85 lakhs
* Honda CR-V 2.4 Automatic with 4 Wheel Drive: INR 22.40 lakhs
* Honda CR-V 2.4 Automatic with 4 Wheel Drive in fully loaded guise: INR 23.85 lakhs
The Honda CR-V is now in its third generation in the Indian car market. Hitherto imported into the country as a completely built unit(CBU), Honda has decided to take the CKD route for the 2013 CR-V to allow it to price the crossover more competitively. That said, the pricing of the 2013 CR-V is nothing spectacular especially considering the fact that it is already operating with a major handicap of not having a turbo diesel engine option under its hood. Also, the 2013 CR-V is a 5 seat crossover while the competition offers 7 seats.
Honda will be betting on the car like ride and handling of the CR-V to be the crossover’s major selling point as this is one area where the CR-V trumps most other SUVs that generally exhibit top heavy handling when driven hard. Coming to the features offered on the top end 2013 Honda CR-V Crossover, the car gets stuff like a driver selectable ECON mode for economical driving, an Ec0-Assist system that shows the driver the most economical rpm zone and speeds, paddle shifters, cruise control, foot operated parking brake and a touch screen infortainment system.
Coming to safety features, the top end version of the 2013 CR-V gets a full complement of 6 airbags, ABS+EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist and a hill hold feature.