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New diesel engine and automatic gearbox options

These are the first official pictures of the facelifted Honda CR-V, which will go on sale in January 2010

The car will be available with Honda's 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, which was launched in the Accord last year, for the first time. It produces 148bhp and 258lb ft of torque. It can also be mated to either a manual gearbox or a new, five-speed automatic unit.

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Exterior styling changes include a new front bumper and grille arrangement and a new rear bumper design. The EX trim also gets colour coded bumpers, and buyers can opt for new 17 and 18-inch alloy designs.

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, and exported to 60 countries.

Full specs and prices will be revealed closer to the car's on sale date.

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Jon Hardcastle 1 February 2010

Re: New Honda CR-V launched

I was down at my local Honda dealer on Saturday looking at the Insight when I ventured over to look at two metallic white CRV's one was the brand new one while the other was the previous gen. Now I had an 09 CRV diesel on an 09 plate in a previous job which was fully loaded and apart from slightly different front and rear bumpers the rest including the interior was identical.

The new version had a sticker on it selling at £34k!!! When I got mine Honda were giving them away at £19k discounted from a list of £26k.

theonlydt 1 February 2010

Re: New Honda CR-V launched

230SL wrote:
This one does n't seem that economical
In the scheme of things its not. You can get a manual XC60 that does 50something mpg, but it's two wheel drive and a manual. Everything has to be relative. For a diesel, automatic 4x4 its reasonably economical, though it'd help if they had a DSG type box (hence why the Yeti is so economical, that and being smaller). Now, making things relative to one another, the petrol auto CRV does 34mpg and has about 100lbf less torque. The diesel auto is 43mpg, hence being "relatively economical". (Though road tax costs are the same for both models)

230SL 1 February 2010

Re: New Honda CR-V launched

theonlydt wrote:
Diesel automatic 4x4 is perfect for a sizeable chunk of the population. Automatics are gaining in popularity, they generally work well with a diesel and a lot of people want a reasonably economical 4x4 which can cope with a gravel track and is easy to get in/out of.

This one does n't seem that economical, prefer it to the Q5, but think I'd rather have a Yeti than either of them.