Honda is planning to launch its facelifted CR-V in the UK and we have got the first official pictures for you. It is scheduled to go on sale in January 2010.
It’s not just a mere facelift. It has got some serious mechanical changes as well. The UK spec CR-V will now be available with Honda's 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which was first launched in the Accord last year. It produces 148 bhp and a maximum of 35.6 kgm of torque. Speculations are that Honda could also give the CR-V either a manual gearbox or a new, five-speed automatic unit.
Exteriors will now include a newly designed front bumper and grille arrangement, and a new rear bumper design. There will be an option for new 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, Honda says it has used upgraded fabrics and plastics. A new audio console design has also been introduced, while sound deadening around the engine and cabin has been improved.
The new Honda CR-V will be built in Swindon, UK and would be exported to 60 countries. Full specs and prices would be revealed when the car goes on sale next year.
CR-V has been hot favorite amongst SVU buyers in India, but a diesel engine has been sorely missed. CR-V is imported in India as a CBU from Japan and it's not sure if the Japan spec car would incorporate similar changes. We really hope that Honda gets the 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel engine with the CR-V in India so that it could take up the fight with the likes of the recently launched Fortuner, the facelifted Endeavour, Captiva, X-Trail and the Outlander.