Honda’s popular CR-V range has undergone a number of key changes for 2010.
Honda adds auto to diesel CR-V
While one has to look hard to spot the styling updates, the major news is that the more powerful turbodiesel derivative can now be ordered with an automatic transmission.
“We’ve known for some time that there is strong demand for a turbodiesel-powered CR-V with the added convenience of an automatic gearbox,” says Graham Eagle, Director of Sales and Marketing for Honda South Africa.
The 2010 Honda CR-V range now comprises of four 2.4l petrol derivatives and two 2.2 i-DTEC diesel derivatives each with the option of a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox.
The major revisions are apparent on the front where a new grille and bumper have been fitted. The rear bumper has also been changed, while colour-coded bumpers are available in the Executive models.
Honda has also added 17-inch alloy wheels standard across the range, and fitted with 225/65 R17 tyres.
Inside, the console has been redesigned, while Honda has added more insulating materials to further reduce noise levels.
Increased engine power
The remapped 2.2 i-DTEC turbodiesel now offers the same torque (up from 340 to 350Nm) and power output (up from 103 to 110kW) as the latest Honda Accord range.
Honda now claims a 0-100km/h accelration time of 9.6 seconds for the manual and 10,6 sec for the auto with top speed pegged at 190 and 187km/h respectively. Despite the diesel's increase in power it remains frugal with a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.7l/100 km (0.2l/100km increase) for the manual and a 7.5l/100km for the auto.
Honda has also retained the CR-V's Real-Time Four-Wheel Drive system, which transfers a variable portion of power from the default front wheels to the rear as and when conditions require.
Despite the CR-V's high specification levels, new entrants - like KIA's new Sorento - look to provide a stronger value proposition in the diesel SUV market.
Honda CR-V model range and pricing:
2.4 i-VTEC Elegance Manual R347 900
2.4 i-VTEC Elegance Automatic R361 400
2.4 i-VTEC Executive Manual R391 900
2.4 i-VTEC Executive Automatic R405 400
2.2 i-DTEC Executive Manual R421 900
2.2 i-DTEC Executive Automatic R435 400