Good news for all the SUV lovers who wished for a diesel variant in a Honda. The Japanese automobile major has launched its CRV (SUV) model in Europe, loaded with diesel engines. It seems the company has finally arrived to the point that they need to enter the diesel segment to survive in the long run. Entering the diesel market will prove to be beneficial for the company as the buyers who intended to buy the ‘Honda’ batch, only backed off due to the unavailability of the diesel option.
The CRV model in Europe has been provided with two diesel engine options. One is a 2.2 liter i-DTEC that generates 148hp of power and 350Nm torque and the other engine is a 1.6 liter turbe diesel that generates 118hp of power and 300Nm torque. The latter engine will also be provided with a EarthDreams Technology
. The 2012 European Honda CRV will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show this September and will go on sale across Europe in October.
Company is also working over smaller diesel engines to cope them up with the major market of smaller cars like Brio, Jazz and even the popular sedan - City. Nothing has been foretold about the same for the luxury segment sedans – Civic and Accord, although the engine options given in CRV will be optimum for these cars. But, it is still to see whether they load them up with what customers await.
The slight design changes made in European version are as follows:
• Revised front bumper
• Front LED daytime running lights
• Rear LED lights
• Redesigned OVRMS with turning lights
• A fin-style antenna