The new Honda CR-V is ready for its Indian innings as the petrol soft roader is all set to be launched next week.
While the fact that the CR-V, even its its brand new avatar, doesn't offer a diesel engine for India comes as a bad news, the good news is that Honda has decided to assemble the car locally to arrive at a competitive price point. The earlier CR-V was imported as a CBU.
The Honda CR-V will be available with a 156PS 2.0 litre and a 190PS 2.4 litre petrol engines in four variants - 2.0 MT, 2.0 AT, 2.4 AT and 2.4 AT with AVN (Audio, Visual and Navigation package).
The base 2.0 MT comes with 2WD, 17" alloys, fog lamps, 6 airbags, audio system with USB and iPod connectivity, and independent dual zone automatic climate control. The 2.0 AT gets all of the above along with a 5-speed auto gearbox, hill start assist and foot type parking brake.
The 2.4 AT gets Real Time 4WD, sunroof, HID headlamps with washer, paddle shifters, chrome door handles. The top-end 2.4 AT with VPN additionally gets a 6.1" touchscreen multimedia infotainment which includes CD/DVD players, Bluetooth and hands-free telephone connectivity, navigation and reverse parking camera.
The CR-V can be accessorized with two different sets of body kits namely the Inspire package and Elegance package. The Inspire package includes a chrome door visor, tail gate spoiler, side running board, side step garnish and a 'Finisher' exhaust pipe.
The Elegance package includes chrome garnish on front grill, fog lamp enclosures, doors and tail gate. The 'Finisher' exhaust pipe and side step garnish are also offered as a part of Elegance package.
The Honda CR-V will be launched on February 12 with prices expected to start in the vicinity of Rs. 20 lakhs.