This is the refreshed Honda CR-V, which has been revealed in these official photographs, ahead of the car’s public debut at the Paris motor show tomorrow.
Amongst the improvements to the popular compact SUV, which has been on sale since 2012, are a range of styling tweaks and a brand new diesel engine.
The new motor is an efficient 118bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged unit, which is part of Honda’s new ‘Earth Dreams’ series. It will replace the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which is being discontinued.
Honda claims the new engine is 11 per cent cleaner than the outgoing motor. Mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission, the CR-V’s CO2 emissions are rated at 130g/km. A new nine-speed automatic gearbox will also be offered, which betters CO2 emissions by a claimed 20 per cent over the previous five-speed automatic version.
While models fitted with the new diesel engine will be offered in front-wheel-drive only, the CR-V can be specified as a 4×4, though only with the 2.0-litre petrol engine carried over from the current range. This model is not available with the new nine-speed automatic gearbox, and uses the older five-speed item.
The most significant design revisions have occurred at the front end of the CR-V, with the new model receiving new headlamps and foglights, which are nestled within a re-profiled front bumper. At the rear are new LED tail-lights and a tweaked tailgate design.
Set to be built at the brand’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, Honda claims European versions of the new CR-V have been developed specifically to cope with the unique road conditions found in Britain.
Order books for the new Honda CR-V open in March. If you can’t wait that long, search for a used Honda CR-V in our classifieds here.