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Honda CR-V Facelift Spied Testing For The First Time, Expected Launch in 2020


Likely to get minor changes inside and out

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  • Expected to get minor cosmetic alterations to the rear fascia, front grille and headlamps.
  • Interiors are expected to be revised, and additional features added.
  • Likely to retain 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel options.
  • Likely to launch in 2020.
  • Expected to be priced at a premium over the current CR-V.

The Honda CR-V has been a well known premium SUV in India, big on features and style. It has had a long journey in India since it debuted in 2003, spanning 5 generations, with its latest iteration launched internationally in 2017 and reaching our shores in October 2018. Now, Honda is planning a facelift, which was spotted testing for the first time in the US, for the CR-V 

Spied testing wearing heavy camo at the Appalachian mountains, what is evident from the spy pics is that the CR-V facelift is likely to get only minor cosmetic updates. There are no significant revisions in the overall design and it still remains as edgy as before. Starting from the front, there seems to be minor updates to the headlamps along with a slightly revised front grille with a larger chrome centre bar. At the rear, the CR-V gets an updated rear design. Other changes include trapezoidal exhaust tips and some updates to the quarter panels on the rear bumper cover.

There’s no word on the interior features and gizmos yet. But we can expect the next-gen CR-V to retain features like its 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with some additional new features which could include Honda’s new lane-watch system.

Under the hood, the pre-facelift international-spec CR-V gets two four-cylinder engines: a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre and a turbocharged 1.5-litre producing either 186PS or 192PS of power. The India-spec CR-V, on the other hand, gets a 1.6-litre 120PS/300Nm diesel engine and a 2.0-litre 154PS/189Nm petrol motor. The diesel variant is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission whereas the petrol variant is mated to a CVT transmission. The India-spec CR-V comes in a 2WD trim for the petrol and diesel with an additional AWD option exclusively for the diesel variant. The CR-V facelift is expected to retain the same engine-gearbox combinations, but they are likely to be upgraded to meet the upcoming BS6 norms in India. 

The current CR-V is priced between Rs 28.27 lakh - 32.77 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The facelift could be priced at a slight premium over the current CR-V due to the updates and additional features expected.  

The CR-V facelift is expected to make its international debut next year with an India launch likely to follow later. Once launched here, it is expected to take on the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and Volkswagen Tiguan.

 Image Source: Motor1

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