Honda unveils new British-built CR-V

HONDA HAS UNVEILED the latest version of its family SUV, which will be built at the Swindon factory here in Britain.

This is the fourth generation CR-V and it will be the first to be offered with two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. The option of two-wheel-drive, along with the introduction of a flatter floor, a more aerocynamic front bumper, ‘Idle-stop’ technology and improved engines means reduced CO2 figures and increased MPG.

Engines on offer are the 148bhp 2.o litre i-VTEC petrol engine and 153bhp 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The i-DTEC produces just 153g/km CO2 when equipped with a manual gearbox and 175g/km with an automatic while the i-VTEC produces 174g/km and 176g/km CO2 for the manual and automatic respectively, with a further reduction to 170g/km in two-wheel-drive guise.

The design of the new CR-V introduces features seen on other new Honda’s including the front grille design which is incorporated into a new, larger frontal area. The car is both shorter and lower than the outgoing model, but despite this the car’s bootspace has increased to 1648 litres with the seats folded flat and 589 litres with the seats up.

The cabin uses high quality materials and features a five-inch ‘intelligent’ Multi-Information Display which can be used to control the audio system, telephone operations and the satellite navigation. Other electronic systems include Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The new Honda CR-V will go on sale in October, prices will be announced later.

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