If an SUV is on your Christmas wish list this year - Honda have some interesting news.
Since it was launched in 2002, the Swindon built second generation CR-V has established itself as Britain’s most popular petrol SUV with over 12,000 units sold this year. Honda intends to consolidate that position, by introducing an improved model that builds on its predecessor’s strengths.
The revisions are based around two criteria which were both customer led:
Firstly customers had expressed a desire for car-like refinement so Honda have responded with a more comfortable, high quality interior featuring new 3D back lit dials, steering wheel controls, retractable rear seat headrests and chrome instrument surrounds.
Secondly, customers wanted more rugged looks and performance so the car now benefits from a new grille, bumpers, front and rear light clusters, 16 inch wheels as standard, uprated brakes and an improved 4WD system. Add to this the introduction of curtain airbags (Sport and Exec) and it becomes clear why the car will be featuring on SUV enthusiasts’ wish lists.
The CR-V retains Honda’s advanced 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which delivers an impressive mix of refined performance and economy. From March next year, it will be joined by the award winning 2.2 i-CTDi diesel. The diesel is expected to appeal predominantly to fleet and high-mileage retail customers.
What’s the line up?
Honda has retained a three model line up with cars now graded SE, Sport and Executive. The prices and major features of each grade are listed below.
How will this affect sales?
The move is expected to increase sales by more than half, underlining the company’s commitment to the UK Swindon plant where the CR-V is made.
Remember - a CR-V is built for life - not just for Christmas.Published 18 November 2004