The 2018 Honda CR-V has recently debuted in the 2017 Bangkok Intertional Motor Show, and to a surprise to everyone was its 1.6 liter i-DTEC diesel mated to a shift-by-wire 9-speed automatic transmission.
While this isn’t new, having been fitted to the 2016 CR-V exclusive to Europe, this is its first time to be sold outside the diesel-loving continent. Another highlight of the new CR-V is its third row of seats, the first time since 2006 when Honda Cars Philippines last offered a 7-seater CR-V to the Filipinos.
A news report by Yahoo Philippines, citing Carmudi as its source, has stated that Honda Cars Philippines has begun sending out invites to the media about the all-new crossover that’s about to hit the shores. Details are scarce at this moment, but one thing’s for sure, 2017 is certainly a very busy year for Honda, with the brand still enjoying the success of the Civic and BR-V. With Honda offering a diesel engine for the first time ever in a country where having a diesel vehicle highly matters, Honda might just have another runaway hit in its sleeve.
Highlights of the 2018 CR-V include that aforementioned diesel engine, while some markets receive a carry-over 2.4 liter inline-4 i-VTEC that produces 185 hp as the base engine, the 1.5 liter VTEC Turbo engine seen from the Civic, but slightly bumped to 190 hp, or a base 2.0 liter inline-4 i-VTEC that produces 150 hp. All these petrol engines are mated to a CVT.
Another highlight of the CR-V is Honda’s first ever application of their Hands Free tailgate, something we’ve seen already from Ford’s Escape, and European luxury brands. The automatic trunk opening is also height adjustable.
Are you excited for the all-new Honda CR-V?