Honda has released an image which isn’t actually a teaser image or a leaked photograph of the 2012 CR-V instead, a picture of a tunnel with a beam of light approaching from the other end.
An automobile magazine in Japan has already begun speculating about the design of the new model. According to them, the new CR-V could be based on the same platform as the current model except for the proportions of the car. The dimensions of the new crossover might increase compared to the present version. Honda could also feature the concept on which the actual CR-V would be based at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in October.
The Honda CR-V in India has a 2.4 litre and a smaller 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The latter produces 143 bhp while the bigger 2400cc version pumps out 161 bhp of max power. The 2.4 litre variant also gets four-wheel drive. But, the present scenario calls for a diesel engine and we expect to see one in the next generation at least. The main rivals in the segment today are Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Captiva and the Mitsubishi Outlander all of which get frugal oil burners in place of gasoline power which is quite expensive these days.
The new 2.2 litre i-CTDI diesel engine is what Honda could offer in India. The new engine produces 140 bhp and 251 lb-ft of torque from its inline four cylinder configuration. This could form the basis of Honda’s revived campaign in India. Honda was under intense pressure recently as sales of the Honda City mid-sized car fell only because of the lack of a diesel option. Honda then announced that the company will be introducing a diesel engine for India as more and more people are now moving to diesels as the price petrol spikes day after day.