Honda launches the 2013 CR-V Crossover in South Africa; India launch to happen next year
Japanese auto giant Honda, has just launched the 2013 CR-V crossover in South Africa. The 2013 CR-V that Honda is selling in South Africa is a Euro-spec model and comes with styling that is different from that on the US-spec model of this crossover. The 2013 CR-V crossover is an all new model with a wide range of changes. The crossover gets new styling even as it gets a tad shorter than the outgoing model and also sits lower. The last change is to strengthen the CR-V’s credentials of offering a car like ride and handling along with an SUV like ground clearance.
The 2013 Honda CR-V crossover that is sold in South Africa gets three engines, two petrol and one turbo diesel motor. A cut price model of the CR-V is also offered and this variant comes with a front wheel drive and the 2 Liter i-VTEC petrol engine. The 2 Liter petrol engine mated to a 6 speed manual transmission is naturally aspirated, has an in-line four cylinder layout and comes with an output of 153 Bhp-192 Nm. The more powerful 2.4 Liter i-VTEC petrol engine, also a naturally aspirated motor delivers 187 Bho of peak power and 220 Nm of peak torque. This engine powers an all wheel drive system.
The South Africa-spec 2013 Honda CR-V crossover also gets the 2.2 Liter-four cylinder turbo diesel engine. This engine is good for a peak power of 148 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 350 Nm, making it the variant with the maximum amount of torque. While all three engines get the 6 speed manual transmission as standard, the 2.4 Liter petrol engine and the 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engined variants of the CR-V can also be specified with a 5 speed automatic gearbox. However, both the more powerful petrol and the turbo diesel engined versions of the CR-V get an all wheel drive system as standard.
Honda Cars India is expected to launch the 2013 CR-V crossover in early 2013. The car that Honda will sell in India will be available only in petrol guise and the Japanese automaker has clearly emphasized that only its small cars will get its new 1.5 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine. In that light, expect the India-spec CR-V crossover to be made available with the 2 Liter and 2.4 Liter petrol engines. The crossover could be offered with a 6 speed manual transmission and a 5 speed automatic transmission, paired to front wheel drive and all wheel drive modes respectively.