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Home » Green Car News » Honda Green Cars

New Honda CR-V efficiency gains

18 July 2012

New Honda CR-V 2012

Honda has revealed details of the new HOnda CR-V due to be launched in the UK this October. Since it was first introduced in 1995, over five million CR-Vs have been sold across the world and the new, fourth generation has been comprehensively redesigned for the European market and builds on the success of its predecessors with greater quality, practicality and refinement.

 

 

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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.

Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the new model takes on a more assertive and aerodynamic stance with a bolder nose section. The front bumper is joined by a horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights. The lower front bumper is designed to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle. The CR-V’s signature vertical rear brake lights, which debuted on the original model, remain but introduce a more three-dimensional style. The CR-V’s large wheels and bold wheel arches further emphasise its dynamic presence and capability.

The CR-V has been designed as a global car, but the European model features a number of exterior refinements developed specifically for this market. A revised front bumper emphasises its dynamic appeal, while front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights are further additions.

Finding the perfect balance between a car and an SUV influenced every element of the development process, including the exterior styling. Exterior Designer Manabu Konaka explains: “The CR-V has always been a car for every occasion. It can be both casual and formal, but the appearance must always convey solidity and reliability.” The length and height of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space.

With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a capacious 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, 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 enhanced practicality. Within Honda’s global CR-V line-up, this power tailgate is unique to the European market.

Efficiency
• Improved aerodynamics
• Choice of 2.0 i-VTEC and 2.2 i-DTEC engines at launch
• 2.0 i-VTEC engine available with choice of two- or four-wheel drive
• 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with current model
• Eco Assist and ECON Mode as standard
• Idle-stop technology as standard on manual transmissions

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% compared with the current CR-V to the benefit of performance, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

Under the bonnet of the CR-V, customers will find either a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine or a 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Both are a development of the engines found in the third generation CR-V but both have been comprehensively redesigned with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions. “We have placed a key emphasis on applying new technologies to reduce the friction in the engines and improve their efficiency,” explains Nakagawa. Idle-stop technology has also been introduced on all models fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Improvements in fuel economy and reduction of CO2 emissions in the new CR-V have been achieved without compromising driving pleasure. The power and torque outputs of the i-DTEC engine remain at 150PS and 350Nm respectively, but the CO2 emissions fall from 171g/km to 153g/km* (10%) for the manual version, and from 195g/km to 175g/km* for models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission.

The power output of the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine has risen from 150PS to 155PS*, while the torque has increased by 2Nm to 192Nm*. Despite this increase in performance, CO2 emissions have fallen from 192g/km to 174g/km* for the manual version, and from 195g/km to 176g/km* for the automatic.

Customers opting for the 2.0 i-VTEC two-wheel drive will see a further reduction in exhaust emissions to 170g/km*. The introduction of a front-wheel drive CR-V responds to changing market conditions. Across Europe, two-wheel drive models now account for 51% of the petrol-engined compact-SUV market according to a survey conducted in 2011.

Also standard are Honda’s acclaimed ECON mode and Eco Assist systems. 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 CR-V range at a glance

Petrol Models

CO2

Combined MPG

OTR

Tax Band

2,0 i-VTEC S (2WD)

168 g/km

39.2

£21,395

H

2.0 i-VTEC SE (2WD)

168 g/km

39.2

£22,895

H

2.0 i-VTEC S

173 g/km

38.2

£22,495

H

2.0 i-VTEC S auto

175 g/km

37.7

£23,995

H

2.0 i-VTEC SE

173 g/km

38.2

£23,995

H

2.0 i-VTEC SE auto

175 g/km

37.7

£25,495

H

2.0 i-VTEC SR

177 g/km

37.2

£26,445

I

2.0 i-VTEC SR auto

179 g/km

36.7

£27,945

I

2.0 i-VTEC EX

177 g/km

37.2

£28,900

I

2.0 i-VTEC ES auto

179 g/km

36.7

£30,400

I

Diesel Models

 

 

 

 

2.2 i-CTEC S

149 g/km

50.4

£24,605

F

2.2 i-DTEC S auto

174 g/km

42.8

£26,245

H

2.2 i-DTEC SE

149 g/km

50.4

£26,105

F

2.2 i-DTEC SE auto

174 g/km

42.8

£27,745

H

2.2 i-DTEC SR

154 g/km

48.7

£28,540

G

2.2 i-DTEC SR auto

180 g/km

41.5

£30,195

I

2.2 i-DTEC EX

154 g/km

48.7

£30,995

G

2.2 i-DTEC EX auto

180 g/km

41.5

£32,650

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