Honda unveils the latest generation of the CR-V
|   Thursday, November 01, 2012
The Honda CR-V is a complete English built SUV and this vehicle belongs to a race of premium segment SUVs that is very common on European roads. The idea of the CR-V was originally conceived keeping in mind the need of the European market and the huge success of the vehicle resulted in the decision to make the vehicle available to all major markets across the world. However the vehicle is modified according to the needs of the different markets but the quality of the CR-V is standard in all markets across the world.


The CR-V has been specifically tuned for the needs of the European market and this is a front wheel drive vehicle with an optional all wheel drive technology. The latest generation CR-V is a hybrid and the two engine work simultaneously to reduce Co2 emissions as well as improve fuel efficiency. The 2.0 liter petrol I - VTEC engine now emits 174 g/km of Co2 which is down from the earlier 194 g/km and hence the vehicle is set to receive tax benefits when it reaches the markets.

The front wheel drive technology is available for the petrol vehicle while the all wheel drive is available only for the diesel variants. The standard double clutch automatic transmission system has been replaced by a multi plate transmission system which is operated electronically with the help of a double pump system. The drag coefficient has been reduced by 8.5 percent and hence the body feels more stable. The Macpherson strut suspension has helped increase the overall volumes by 10 percent.

The body does not have any vibration and the smoothness of the engine is better felt once the vehicle is on the freeways. The ride height has been reduced by 30 mm and hence there is more luggage space. Interior comfort on the CR-V is high and the vehicle can seat five adults comfortably along with their luggage. Honda is famous for its performance oriented vehicles and engine responsiveness and quietness and the CR-V is the best example of these qualities. The vehicle is in the same league as the 3.0 liter BMW X3 and the drive train is perfectly mated to the engine, hence producing 148 BHP.

The CR-V takes 9.7 seconds to reach 60 MPH from 0 MPH and this is a respectable figure considering the size and dimensions of the vehicle. The Hyundai Santa Fe is the only vehicle which can dream of catching the CR-V in the segment and that too as the Santa Fe is an overgrown cross over. Fuel efficiency of 44.7 MPG obtained on the vehicle is quite farfetched and this is the major reason for the popularity of the CR-V in the cash trapped European market.

The new generation CR-V accelerates 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous generation the car and the ceramic disk brake calipers provide the best traction possible even in wet conditions. The CR-V is correctly the flagship model from Honda.
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