Honda is to showcase a comprehensive update of its models and engine line-up for 2015, at this year’s Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris. The Japanese car maker has revealed three new engines at the Paris Motor Show, which includes a new more-powerful 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine that generates 160 PS or power, 350 Nm of torque and will find its way in the new look four-wheel drive CR-V. The new unit boasts of improved fuel economy, reduced emissions, one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios on the market and will come mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
When matched to the six-speed manual transmission the new higher powered diesel engine produces 160 PS and 350 Nm, while emitting a class-leading sub 130 g/km of CO2 – an 11% improvement compared to the previous unit. The exterior of the CR-V will receive a whole new look too with new headlamps, front grille, fog lights, skid-plate and bumper to lift the front aesthetic; while at the rear new LED combination lamps, a refreshed tailgate design and bumper complete the enhancements.
Another unit is the all new 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine that will power Honda’s new compact SUV, the HR-V, which will be on display at the Honda stand in Paris. The front wheel drive HR-V, due to go on sale in summer 2015, offers two engine options, a 1.5 i-VTEC petrol and the lightweight 1.6 i-DTEC diesel, both from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. Both engines are matched to a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.5 i-VTEC unit can also be fitted with a semi-automatic CVT alternative.
Alongside the HR-V will be the European debut of the Jazz prototype. Honda will unveil a completely new body shell, with a sleek and modern design that hints at the significant advances to be introduced in this latest model. Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.