New Honda CR-V Details

(Thursday 19 July 2012)

Honda CR-V.

Honda's first official images of the next-generation CR-V, which will go on sale in the UK in October, show that it is pretty much the same thing that was displayed as a concept at the Geneva Show earlier this year.

Quite a lot of relevant information about the car, such as how much it will cost, has yet to be confirmed, but Honda has said that there will be a choice of two-litre petrol and 2.2-litre turbo diesel engines (the latter producing 148bhp as before while the former receives a boost to 153bhp), while fuel economy is up and CO2 emissions down thanks partly to a reduction friction within the engines and partly to improved underbody aerodynamics.

Versions with manual rather than automatic transmission are helped further by the fitment of a start/stop system.

There's also more luggage room, now up to 589 litres with the rear seats in place and 1648 litres when they are folded down in a one-touch operation. The load sill is an inch lower than on the previous model, so you won't have to lift heavy objects - or indeed any objects - quite so far to get them on board.

Most UK customers are expected to opt for versions with on-demand four-wheel drive which transfers power to the rear axle only when the front is starting to struggle for traction. The system in charge of this reacts more quickly in the new model than in the current one, has less internal friction and is 17% lighter.

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