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SCOOP: Honda's new RAV4 rival

2006-07-04 07:32

This is the new Honda CR-V, which will be aimed at SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 (Copyright: Automedia)

The third generation CR-V is due to go on sale in the US in the next few months but it will only reach Europe and South Africa in the middle of next year.

Honda will build the American version at its plan Marysville, Ohio, while the European model will go into production next to the Civic hatch at Swindon in the UK.

This newcomer is based on the Mk8 Civic platform.

Like the current model it will remain a five-seater, although it will grow in size offering better interior space. Honda is also upping the safety ante for small SUVs as a key feature on the new CR-V is a pedestrian-friendly bonnet.

The CR-V pictured here seems to have a hatchback-style tailgate, in place of the side-hinged door of the current model, with no door-mounted spare wheel.

Honda will give the CR-V its SH-AWD four-wheel drive setup, which gives automatic torque distribution between the left and right wheels as well as between the front and rear axles.

Although the American version will get a 2.4-litre petrol unit, the European CR-Vs will feature 2.0 and 2.2-liter petrol units. Naturally a diesel derivative will be offered too.


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