Honda's Popular (Euro) CR-V Now with Diesel Power
Date: September 02, 2004 08:24
Consistently one of the best selling petrol-engined SUVs in Europe since its
launch, Honda’s CR-V is now to be offered with diesel power for the first time.
The high output, high torque 2.2 litre i-CTDi engine already familiar from the
Accord range is the perfect complement to the 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol
engine and, matched to the CR-V’s all-round abilities, introduces a formidable
contender to the highly competitive mid-size SUV sector.
At the same time, the CR-V range benefits from a number of revisions to the
styling, both front and rear, improvements to the interior and an enhancement to
the on-demand 4WD system. Safety gets a further boost with the introduction of
side curtain airbags and Vehicle Stabilty Assist (VSA), while larger, 16 inch
wheels fitted as standard are matched to larger disc brakes all round.
The front styling changes include a more prominent front bumper and foglamp
design, a new headlamp cluster featuring three-beam projector-style lights and a
new grille featuring two chrome trimmed bars. Similarly, there is a new style
rear bumper, while the distinctive high mounted taillights now feature clear
indicator covers, and a larger reversing light. Other detail changes include a
new hard spare wheel cover, new door handles, new sill trim, new B-post trim,
revised arch protectors and front and rear mudguards. Diesel models sport a
tailgate spoiler for improved aerodynamics.
The CR-V’s interior also receives a makeover with new high quality seat and trim
materials. Among the revisions are a new steering wheel; revised door armrests;
new damped storage type grab handles, chrome trimmed inner door handles, vent
controls and heater control surrounds and available on higher grades, leather
trimmed steering wheel, gear shift knob, and door lining, together with heated
front seats. Rear visibility is improved by the introduction of ‘teardrop’ type
rear seat headrests which do not obscure rearward vision when fully retracted.
New side curtain airbags are available and as an additional safety precaution,
the sensors are programmed to deploy the curtain airbags on both sides of the
car in the eventuality of a roll over. Honda’s efforts to build one of the
safest SUVs on the market were endorsed when the CR-V scored a 4 star occupant
safety rating and a 3 star rating for pedestrian safety in the Euro NCAP test
regime, the only 4x4 to date to have achieved such a result.
The CR-V is now available with either a 2.2 litre diesel engine and 6-speed
manual or a 2.0 litre petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed
automatic transmission. All models are equipped with Real Time 4WD.
The revised CR-V will be on sale in October with the diesel versions available
from March 2005.
Last edited by JeffX on
September 03, 2004 08:42