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It’s been only a couple of days since we updated you on the possible launch date of the Honda CR-V. Honda’s flagship product in India is scheduled to go on sale on February 12, 2013, according to media reports online.

New Honda CR-V for India badgeHowever, demo cars or cars for the purpose of sales and service training have already started arriving at Honda dealerships it seems.

Rueben. J, a regular Indian Autos Blog reader sent us these pictures of a white CR-V which seems to be resting in the parking lot of a dealership. The model you see here could be the top-of-the line 2.4-liter with the discreet giveaway being the ‘4WD’ badge at the rear of the car.

We’ve previously reported that the CR-V could feature an AWD in one of the models. It seems that Honda thinks alike as well.

How far can the Japanese car maker go with a petrol only, 5-seater, soft-roader in a segment dominated by diesel powered, 7-seater, off-roaders with highly competitive prices is something we can find out in due time.

To summarize the new Honda CR-V:

  • Two petrol engine options – a 2.0-liter 153bhp iVTEC and a 2.4-liter 184bhp will be offered.
  • The 2.2 diesel iDTEC will not be launched for now.
  • Choice of two transmission options-  a 5-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual will be offered.
  • An AWD model will be offered on the 2.4-liter engine.
  • The new CR-V will be a CKD (Completely knocked down unit) rather than a CBU (Completely built up unit).
  • Launch date speculated to be February 12.

Meanwhile stay tuned to Indian Autos Blog for further updates on the pricing of the car.

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