The facelifted Honda CR-V will go on sale in the UK in March with a starting price of £22,340.
The updated model, which made its debut at the Paris motor show last year, has undergone a significant mid-life refresh, receiving cosmetic tweaks and a new diesel engine.
Four-wheel-drive variants of the fourth-generation CR-V – which has been on sale since 2012 – will now be offered with a higher-powered 1.6 i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. The new engine variant replaces the 2.2 i-DTEC diesel, which is being phased out.
The new diesel engine produces 158bhp and 258lb ft. Its CO2 output is 129g/km, when the engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. This represents an 11% improvement compared with the outgoing unit.
This engine will also be offered with a new nine-speed automatic transmission in place of the old five-speed self-shifting 'box. The CO2 emissions for this combination will be less than 135g/km, 20% better than its predecessor.
The two-wheel-drive CR-V, available with a six-speed manual gearbox, will continue to be offered with the lower-powered version of the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine. It's the frugal champion in the range, producing 118bhp and emitting 115g/km of CO2 in its most efficient guise.
The existing 2.0-litre petrol engine will continue to be offered with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and either the manual or automatic five-speed transmission. CO2 emissions for the petrol-engined models range from 168g/km to 179g/km.
The most significant cosmetic tweaks across the range are at the front of the car, which receives new headlamps, radiator grille, foglights, skidplate and bumper. The enhancements at the rear include new LED tail-lights and a refreshed tailgate and bumper design. The car is also available with Honda's adaptive cruise control system for the first time.
Honda will continue to offer the CR-V in a choice of four trim levels: S, SE, SR and EX. Standard equipment includes Honda's Multi Info Display, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and 17in alloys, while SE trim adds a leather steering wheel and gearknob, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, Honda's Connect infotainment system and front foglights.
SR specification features a leather and Alcantara interior, heated front seats, satellite navigation and larger 18in alloy wheels, while top-end EX models get keyless entry, a panoramic glass roof and a powered tailgate.
Honda says the version of the CR-V sold in the UK and Europe has been specifically developed and engineered to suit driving conditions here. The car will continue to be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon.
Prices for the facelifted CR-V start at £22,340 for the 2.0 i-VTEC 2WD in S trim, and rise to £35,620 for the 1.6 i-VTEC in EX specification.
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