Japanese car maker Honda will use the massive platform that the Geneva Motor Show offers to show off the diesel powered CR-V crossover headed to European shores. At Geneva 2013, Honda will unveil the 1.6 Liter i-DTEC EarthDreams turbo diesel engine equipped CR-V crossover. The Euro spec 2013 CR-V becomes the second car in Honda’s line up to feature this brand new turbo diesel engine, which made its debut in the engine bay of the European 2012 Civic. The 2013 CR-V with the turbo diesel engine will be aimed at European crossover buyers seeking high fuel economy.
In line with its positioning as a car aimed at the fuel economy conscious buyer, the 2013 Honda CR-V equipped with the 1.6 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine will be mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. The usage of the manual gearbox means that Honda might price the CR-V quite competitively. Incidentally, this isn’t the first time that Honda is outfitting the Euro-spec CR-V with a turbo diesel engine. The previous generation model of the CR-V featured the 2.2 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that Honda also uses on cars like the Civic and the Accord.
The new 1.6 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine however, is more fuel efficient than the 2.2 Liter diesel motor and is also a lot cleaner with regards to tail pipe emissions. The 1.6 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, developed under a brand new diesel engine architecture produces a peak power of 120 Bhp at 4,000 rpm and a 300 Nm peak torque at 2,000 rpm. The EarthDreams family of Honda’s turbo diesel engines will land in India later this year through the Honda Brio Amaze compact sedan. The Amaze will use a 1.5 Liter i-DTEC motor: a downsized version of the 1.6 Liter turbo diesel engine.
Meanwhile, Honda Cars India is all set to launch the 2012 version of the CR-V in the country tomorrow. The India-spec CR-V however will feature only petrol engine options. The 2013 CR-V will be assembled in India through CKD kits and this approach is expected to allow for competitive pricing. All said, the Honda CR-V’s best chances of succeeding in India involves the crossover jumping onto the diesel bandwagon. By the indications of it, Honda India doesn’t seem to be in a mood to oblige. So, expect the Indian 2013 CR-V to be a marginal seller at best.