Honda has launched the 2018 Honda CR-V in India. The flagship Honda car in India is available in three trims. Bookings have already started while deliveries will being in a couple of days. Honda currently assembles the car in India, however at the time of writing this story, there was no confirmation on how much per cent local content is there.
What’s new in the 2018 Honda CR-V?
The 2018 Honda CR-V boasts a new design. It looks fresh and there are LED headlights and DRLs. Honda has also added new 18-inch wheels to the mix. At the rear, it has the typical CR-V silhouette with elongated tail lights. Inside the cabin, there is panoramic sunroof, driver interface , a 7-inch infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as lots of goodies. The driver’s seat is powered and for the first time, the CR-V will be available in a 7-seater guise. This though is only for the diesel variant.
A first for the CR-V is a new diesel engine. This 1.6-litre motor is good for 120PS of power and 300Nm of torque. Honda pairs this engine with a 9-speed automatic and there are also paddle shifters. Honda also offers an AWD option with the CR-V diesel. The claimed mileage of the 2018 Honda CR-V AWD is 18.3kmpl while that of the 2WD is a higher 19.5kmpl. There is also a new 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol that produces 154PS/189Nm. It can be ordered only with a CVT. The claimed mileage of the Honda CR-V petrol is 14.4kmpl. One cannot option the petrol CR-V with AWD though.
The ground clearance of the 2018 Honda CR-V for the AWD trim is 208mm while that for the 2WD is 198mm. In terms of safety, the CR-V gets six airbags, Honda Lane Watch, driver attention monitor, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist and ABS with EBD as well as brake assist. The Honda CR-V in its 2018 avatar has also earned five stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. It’s competition in India includes the Hyundai Tucson, Mitsubishi Outlander and the Skoda Kodiaq.