The Honda CR-V has already seen two generations in India. The concept of a comfortable roundabout vehicle (CR-V) first came into production in 1995 when the first generation Honda CR-V hit the roads in Japan. The second generation model made its way into India in 2003 and since then this vehicle has developed quite a fan following. Right from the beginning, the Honda CR-V has never set the sales chart on fire but there is no denying what a fantastic vehicle it is. Now Honda aims to make a good car even better by offering the next generation CR-V in India. Will the fourth generation make waves again? We find out around the beautiful country roads of Rajasthan.
EXTERIORS AND DESIGN
The 2017 CR-V will have sharper looks though it will follow the same design language. It will get elongated projector headlamps with LED DRLs on at the bottom. The center will have a twin slats on its honeycomb grille with a lower lip in chrome. The bumpers will be redesigned and it will also get new fog lamp bezels . The lower part of the vehicle has back cladding with silver coloured scuff plates.
This also extends to the wheels arches and to the rear. It also gets six spoke alloy wheels which add to the sportiness. There are turn indicators on the ORVMs. The rear portion has typical CR-V style taillamps that extend on to the c-pillar, with the lower portion overlapping on the boot lid. The rear door will be much larger than the existing car, to allow easy access to the third row passengers. There will be a twin exhaust on the rear bumper, which is first for the CR-V.
INTERIORS AND COMFORT
Carrying forward the trned of offering one of the best premium interiors, the new Honda CRVpacks in a combination of premiumness and luxury at one go. With the change in exterior dimensions even the interior cabin space has been changed in order to make the vehicle feel more spacious and roomy.Inside the cabin, the dual tone Sienna Beige interiors make it look plush and fresh. The new CRV offers a One Motion Drive Down Rear seats with a 60:40 split ratio. With the new arrangement, the rear cargo space has been increased and also approaching the cargo space has got a lot more convenient. The seats descend on the actuation of small levers located near the tailgate.
It has a 5-inch “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) which can be operated via a button on the steering wheel. The display shows necessary information like fuel range, fuel consumption etc. It also acts as a display for the rear parking camera. It has a fantastic resolution and even in dark conditions the display remains good. This screen can be customized with wallpaper.On the 2.4ATwith AVN (Audio Video Navigation) there is a 6.1” touch screen system with a built in Navigation system. It is very easy and convenient to use and was very helpful in scouting our way back from the review drive. This screen also displays Ipod Connectivity, USB option, Blue Tooth and also doubles up as the rear camera display.
The instrument cluster also has a 3D effect with all the displays arranged in a sporty pattern. There is an eco drive display on the speedometer. There is a change in the light display from (Green to White) to alert the driver about the economical ways to drive. This is a very helpful feature. In comfort, the new CRV fairs well as the headroom space have been increased and so is the legroom. Even for the rear passengers, the cabin is very roomy and functional.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
This series is one of the stylish SUV in the Indian car market, which is available in two petrol engine options for the buyers to choose from. The 2.0-litre, In-line power plant comes with a displacement capacity of 1997cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and 16 valves using a single overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This engine can churn out 153.9bhp of maximum power output at 6500rpm in combination with 190Nm of peak torque at 4300rpm. The engine of 2WD MT variant is coupled with a six speed manual transmission gear box. While its 2WD AT trim gets a five speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. On the other hand, the 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol motor comes with a displacement capacity of 2354cc. It is incorporated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves using a double overhead camshaft based valve system. It is skilfully paired with a five speed automatic transmission gear box and it comes with four wheel drive system. This power plant has the capacity of producing 187.4bhp of power at 7000rpm along with a torque output of 226Nm at 4400rpm. Both these engines are incorporated with a programmed fuel injection supply system that helps in generating a decent mileage.Both the petrol engine of this vehicle are integrated with a programmed fuel injection system, which enhances its efficiency. The 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol mill can deliver a mileage of 13.7 Kmpl on expressways and gives around 10.9 Kmpl within the city. While other mill has the ability to return 12 Kmpl on bigger roads, which comes down to 9.8 Kmpl approximately when driven within the city limits.
RIDE AND HANDLING
Driving the manual 2.0L MT was a delight. The crisp ride and handling paired with the error free transmission is a pleasure. On every shift, the performance kept on getting better. Even the steering wheel is very precise in feedback. Despite the fact that the new model comes with an increased height while driving there is no body roll at all. Even maneuvering this SUV is a more sedan like experience. The rear parking is a true help as the resolution is very strong so the display is not pixilated unlike some competition models.This one is not a strong off roader but then it manages to gulp in off road decently. The Honda CR-V customer is not one of those who will throw this SUV on sand dunes or challenging surfaces but instead choose it for a leisure weekend trip. The front suspension setup is MacPherson Struts while the rear is a Double Wishbone suspension.
BRAKING AND SAFETY
In the CR-V, you will see high class braking and safety features that assure impressive safety on road for car users. The braking features include anti-lock braking system, EBD, power door locks and central locking. Apart from these braking capabilities, it houses a passenger airbag and a driver airbag for superior safety. It is equipped with side front and rear airbags, rear seat belts, halogen headlamps, crash sensor, adjustable seats and engine immobilizer.
The new Honda CR-V is likely to miss a diesel engine in its range, but it has enough to keep Honda fans happy. The new model is likely to be launched in the coming weeks and it will be offered in two trim levels each for the two-litre and the 2.4-litre engines. The former will have one variant each of the automatic and manual gearboxes and the latter will have two AT variants, with the top trim variant sporting the navigation, sunroof features Unlike the previous generations, the new CR-V will be assembled locally and that is really good news for the SUV’s fans in India. We can expect prices to be more competitive, while the equipment levels are already a notch up over the previous generations’. A couple of variants at a sub-18 lakh price point will be just fine, but we’ll have to wait to find out what Honda India’s sticker prices are going to be.
Honda CRV Ex Showroom Price in Pune ranges from 21,53,676/- (CRV 2.0L MT Petrol) to 25,47,400/- (CRV 2.4L AT Petrol) .Honda CRV has 3 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Honda CRV comes in 5 colours, namely Carnelian Red Pearl,White Orchid Pearl,Golden Brown Mettalic,Alabaster Silver Metallic,Urban Titanium Mettalic.