IAB Report – Honda CR-V facelift starts testing ahead of its launch next year


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The Honda CR-V is selling in small numbers in India (between 70-100 units/month) but it has been the best selling SUV in the world for two years on the trot with over 6.35 lakh units sold in 2012 and 6.97 lakh units in 2013.

2013 Honda CR-V INdia
The Honda CR-V facelift will get revised front and rear fascias. [Image: current CR-V]
Honda is working on a mid-life refresh for the current gen SUV that made its global debut in 2011. Spies have caught the facelifted CR-V, camouflaged, testing in Canada this week.

The updated car sports a new twin port front grille with honeycomb mesh background and prominent twin slats, possibly finished in chrome. The headlamps are redesigned to go along with the new grille while the reprofiled bumper houses new foglamps and the secondary airdam.

Coming to the rear, the windshield, taillights and the bumper have gone under the knife. A badge-carrying chrome insert is expected to find its place just below the windshield. The interior would also undergo minor upgrades.

2013 Honda CR-V rear
The tailgate of the CR-V facelift will get a new windshield, taillights and bumper.

The powertrain lineup of the 2016 Honda CR-V is expected to continue as it is.

The India-spec model is available with 2.0- and 2.4-litre petrol engines. The 2.0-litre unit produces 156 PS and 190 Nm of torque while the 2.4-litre motor has 190 PS and 226 Nm of torque in store. The former is available with a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission and the latter comes only with the 5-speed automatic. The top-end 2.4-litre variant is equipped with 0n-demand all-wheel-drive system.

The facelift is expected in international markets next year. Since the CR-V is assembled from CKD kits at Honda’s Greater Noida plant, expect the updated model to launch in India a short while after the global debut.

You can see the 2016 Honda CR-V spy pictures here.

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