Honda improves emissions in its CR-V by nearly 25%

2014-11-16 09:36:50

Honda has unveiled a lightly modified version of its popular CR-V SUV. It receives some minor styling changes and all-wheel drive models will also gain a new diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series.

At the front, the head- and fog lights have been re-profiled which sit either side of a new grille and a new bumper. At the rear, the tailgate, LED tail lights and bumper have all been redesigned.

The old 2.2-litre unit used on the four-wheel drive models has been dropped in favour of a new downsized 1.6-litre 158bhp i-DTEC diesel unit that can come mated to an optional 9-speed automatic gearbox. The smaller capacity engine and larger ratio gearbox means it is far more efficient than the outgoing car, emitting a very impressive 130g/km of CO2 in the 6-speed manual version and 135g/km with the auto ‘box. This compares to 149g/km for the manual version in the old 2.2 – and a relatively whopping 174g/km with the auto.

As you would expect, fuel economy has also been improved but official figures haven’t been released. However, first4auto would suggest an economy of about 55mpg on the combined cycle.

The front-wheel drive diesel CR-Vs will continue to be powered by the 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine which has been carried over from the outgoing car. Although it is unrelated to the new engine, it too has been tweaked to lower emissions a tad, from 119g/km of CO2 to 117g/km.

The face-lifted versions of the CR-V will arrive across Honda’s network of 196 dealers in March 2015.

This abridged version of an article has been especially prepared by First4Auto on behalf of EcoCars4Sale.

Reported By

Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor