Gearing up to gain the lost market share, Honda has released the details of 2017 CR-V diesel. The fifth generation Honda CR-V has been already revealed for the North American market and now ASEAN spec is surfacing the internet. As confirmed earlier, the 2017 Honda CR-V for ASEAN market will feature 7-seat layout. The ASEAN version is likely to make its debut in Thailand soon.
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Under the hood, the 2017 Honda CR-V will feature an i-VTEC 2.4-litre petrol engine, which is also present in the current generation model. The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox. Honda will be introducing a diesel version for the ASEAN market first time. It will be a 1.6-litre i-DTEC mill which delivers 158 hp maximum power at 4,000 rpm and peak torque measures 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. This engine will be coupled to an all-new ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox. Both the engine setup will be offered with front-wheel drive and optional AWD setup.
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Considering the styling, the design is more angular and modern than the previous generation model. The overall styling is in-line with the current-gen Honda Civic and the BR-V. At the front, 2017 CR-V gets an automatic shutter grille tech which lowers aerodynamic drag. In the cabin, the changes include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Even the materials are refreshed and now offer more soft feel. Other features include remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated wing mirrors, electric parking brake, and four-way power adjustable front passenger seat. Whereas, driver seat can be adjusted in 8-ways.
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For India, Honda will skip the fourth generation model and will directly bring the fifth-generation CR-V. Currently, the top-spec model of CR-V is priced at Rs 32.4 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2017 Honda CR-V is expected to be priced around the same price range to match the competition in an effective manner. Honda CR-V will compete against the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.