Face-lifted, new Honda CR-V unveiled in Europe; gets new 1.6 liter, i-DTEC diesel engine

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Europe gets the new Honda CR-V for 2015. In production trim, it shows no noticeable differences from the CR-V prototype showcased at the Paris Auto Show in October this year. Predictably, it’s quite similar to the US-Spec models as well, apart from a mildly altered front bumper, but the main highlight for Europe is the addition of a new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, which produces 158hp of power and 350Nm of torque.

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This new engine is only available with the 4WD equipped models though, where it’s coupled to either a six-speed manual, or a new ZF-sourced nine-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. Two-wheel drive models get a less powerful diesel engine – a 118hp, 1.6-liter i-DTEC unit mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while the 153hp/190 Nm, 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol motor is also retained. All units are now Euro6 compliant.

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Inside, the new Honda CR-V also gets the new Honda Connect, an app-driven infotainment system that is fitted as standard across the range. Interfaced through a 7-inch touch screen display, Honda Conncet gives front-seat occupants access to everything from vehicle information, rear-view parking camera and music, to Bluetooth connectivity for their phones as well as being enabled for MirrorLink technology.

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The electronic gear-knob (with a P button) is new too, as well as a reshaped chrome-effect inlay running the width of the dashboard, as well as a sliding armrest between the front seats. Following this, the face-lift should be India bound sometime next year, and we hope that Honda arms it with the new i-DTEC diesel engine to increase its appeal somewhat. Stay tuned!