Honda has released details for its UK-bound CR-V facelift that goes on sale in January 2010. The subtly revised compact SUV benefits from new bumper and grille designs on the outside, while the cabin has been refreshed with upgraded fabrics and plastics, as well as a new audio console. The most notable change for the 2010 model is hidden under the hood and concerns the introduction of Honda’s new 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that can be combined with an automatic gearbox.
The new diesel powerplant, which debuted in the latest Accord, produces an output of 111 kW at 4 000 rpm (up 8 kW) and torque of 350 Nm at 2 000 rpm (up 10 N.m). It can be matted to either a either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
With the manual gearbox, the CR-V diesel sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 9.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 190 km/h, while returning a combined fuel economy of 6,5 L/100km.
When combined with an automatic transmission, the diesel model hits 100 km/h in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 188 km/h, while fuel economy is rated at 7,4 L/100km.
The facelifted CR-V is also offered with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that remains unchanged for 2010, producing 111 kW at 6 200 rpm and 192 N.m of torque at 4 200 rpm.
Manual versions of the petrol CR-V sprint to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds (automatic: 12.2 sec) and reach a top speed of 188 km/h (automatic: 176 km/h) with a combined fuel economy of 8,2 L/100km (automatic: 8,4 L/100km).
Buyers can choose from three different grades with the entry-level SE now featuring newly-designed 17-inch alloy wheels as standard as well as air conditioning, auxiliary socket, cloth upholstery and power-heated door mirrors.
The ES trim gets 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirror, cruise control, double-deck cargo space, electric folding mirrors, half leather and Alcantara heated seats, headlight washers, front fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear knob, rear parking sensors, unique interior inlay trims and USB connector for an iPod.
Finally the top-spec EX models are differentiated by full body-colored bumpers and come equipped with DVD voice-activated satellite navigation with premium audio and subwoofer, full leather upholstery with front heated seats, HID Xenon headlights and auto headlight on function, panoramic roof, rain sensor, reverse tilt mirror and 8-way driver power seat in addition to the ES’ standard specs.
No news from Honda SA on when the facelifted CR-V is expected to land on our shores.