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Diesel power for Honda CR-V

2007-05-29 08:15
Honda's turbodiesel CR-V has arrived (finally, some of you may sigh), adding a welcome "boost" to the very comfortable soft-roader.

Although the latest generation Honda CR-V has been lauded for its superb ride and overall comfort levels, the single 2.0-litre petrol unit has come under fire for being somewhat underpowered. No more, says Honda, with the local introduction of a 2,2 i-CDTi version.

This latest addition to the CR-V range marks the first time that turbodiesel power is being used in Hondas locally. The four-cylinder common-rail unit produces 103 kW at 4 000 r/min and peak torque of 340 Nm at 2 000 r/min (compared with the petrol unit's 110 kW at 6 200 r/min and 192 kW at 4 200 r/min).

According to Honda, fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 6.5 l/100 km. Top speed on this model is a quoted 187 km/h.

The turbodiesel will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission.

Safety and comfort equipment is on par with that offered in its petrol-powered siblings, and the new model is available immediately at Honda dealerships.

The price of R326 900 includes a five-year/90 000 km service plan, a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a one-year roadside assistance program. Service intervals are every 10 000 km.

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