THE new, fourth generation CR-V which has been introduced to the Irish market has been engineered to be significantly more efficient. Under the bonnet, the iDTEC diesel engine is a further development of the unit found in the previous generation CR-V which has been comprehensively redesigned with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions.
The power and torque outputs of the iDTEC engine remain at 150PS and 350 Nm respectively, but the CO2 emissions have fallen from 171 g/km to 149 g/km (12%) for the manual version, and from 195 g/km to 174 g/km for models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission.
Idle Stop technology comes as standard on all models fitted with a manual transmission. This seamless system can contribute up to a 5 g/km of CO2 saving for the diesel engine. When the driver reaches a standstill and selects neutral, the engine will automatically stop when the clutch is released. It automatically restarts when the clutch is re-engaged. In addition to idle stop, all models are equipped with Honda’s ECO Assist system, which helps drivers optimise their driving efficiency. It uses the car’s speedometer to advise drivers how their driving style is impacting on fuel economy. If the car is being driven economically, the dashboard glows green.
The new CR-V features the next generation Motion Adaptive electric power steering system (MA-EPS), which has been refined to combine easy manoeuvrability with increased feedback and response at higher speeds. This sophisticated system also works with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) to detect vehicle instability on slippery road conditions and automatically initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction
The hydraulically activated “dual-pump” system previously used has been replaced by an electronically activated ‘All Wheel Drive’ system that provides a faster response when a loss of traction is detected. This electronically activated system weighs 17% less (reducing the weight of the total system by approximately 16.3 kg) and minimises internal friction by 59%. These improvements help to further minimise the negative impact on fuel economy common to virtually all four-wheel-drive systems.
The height of the new CRV car has been reduced by 30 mm but without reducing the interior space for the occupants. The introduction of easy fold-down rear seats has also made it possible to transform the CR-V from a five-seater to a versatile load-lugger at the pull of a handle.
In the autumn of 2013 the CR-V will be further augmented by the addition of Honda’s all new 1.6-litre iDTEC engine and for the first time ‘two wheel-drive’ options will be added.
Adrian Cole, Managing Director of Universal Honda said the introduction of the new CRV builds on the brand progress achieved since the launch of the new 9th generation Civic to the Irish market in January. CRV is an iconic vehicle that enjoys an almost cult status in this market with 7,000 units sold since it was introduced in 1996.
“We are entering an exciting period of growth for Honda in the Irish market, albeit in a very challenging trading environment. We are confident that through the launch of this versatile, high quality CR-V model and the introduction later this year of the new ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ 1.6 litre diesel engine in the Civic range, that Honda are positioned to achieve significant growth in 2013 and beyond,” he added.
Prices range from €37,785 for the 2.2 iDTEC SE to €50,095 for the EX auto.