The new Honda CR-V will be launched in the UK for October 2012, with CO 2 emissions down from 171g/km to 153g/km for the 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engine with manual transmission and four-wheel drive. Emissions will be much lower when a new smaller capacity diesel engine arrives.
As well as the diesel engine, the CR-V will be available with a 2.0 i-VTEC petrol powertrain, which, unlike the diesel, can be specified with two or four-wheel drive, as two-wheel drive models now account for 51% of the petrol-engined compact-SUV market in Europe.
Honda says that there is a 10 per cent reduction in CO 2 emissions compared with the current model. Idle-stop technology has been introduced on all models fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. Diesel models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission emit 175g/km CO 2 .
The 2.0-litre petrol i-VTEC engine emits 174g/km for the manual version, or 170g/km for the two-wheel drive version, and 176g/km for the automatic.
Honda’s ECON mode and Eco Assist systems are standard. When the ECON button is pressed the throttle response and air-conditioning are automatically adjusted to minimise fuel consumption. The Eco Assist system uses the car’s dashboard display to advise drivers on how their driving style is impacting fuel economy, by changing the colour of the dial edges from white to green when driving more efficiently.
The new Honda CR-V will also be more aerodynamic. Adoption of a flat under-floor and sculptured wheel arches have smoothed the airflow under the car, while a longer roof combined with an aerodynamically-optimised front bumper and rear spoiler help to manage the airflow over the body. The result is a reduction in the drag coefficient by 6.5% compared with the current CR-V.
The CR-V will feature a range of technology including Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system (MA-EPS), Real Time all-wheel drive with Intelligent Control System, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC), Advanced Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision
Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).
The new CR-V will be in UK showrooms from October 2012 and it will continue to be built at Honda’s production facility in Swindon.
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