Wraps come off new CR-V

Honda has revealed images and further information on the new European CR-V due to be launched in the UK this October.

For the first time, the CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two- and four-wheel drive on the 2.0 i-VTEC model, while improvements to the petrol and 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engines

have achieved a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

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.

With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1,648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a capacious 589 litres.

The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1,570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can

now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.

The addition of a keyless entry system and the power tailgate make it easier for owners to use the boot space and give enhanced practicality.

Within Honda’s global CR-V line-up, this power tailgate is unique to the European market.

Adoption of a flat under floor and sculptured wheel-arches have smoothed the air flow under the car, while a longer roof combined with aerodynamically optimised front bumper and rear spoiler help to manage the air-flow over the body.

The result is a reduction in the drag coefficient by 6.5 per cent compared with the current CR-V to the benefit of performance, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.