2013 Honda CR-V Launches in India at Rs.19.95 lakh

 2013 Honda CR-V was the much anticipated product from Japanese workhouse as it was in gossips for ground breaking ergonomics and styling cues.

On seeing the 2013 Honda CR-V , we are very much gleamed about its appearance, which stands true to all our speculations. Starting from Rs. 19.95 lakh, it comes in four trims and two styling packs i.e. Elegance and Inspire. Need not to forget, this one will be assembled at Honda’s Noida facility in order to reduce the price tag, so as of now 2013 spec is Rs.3 lakh cheaper than its outgoing model.

On the exteriors, a nosy but stylish front grille looks charming in all its dignified glory, with some swift flowing lines all over the body. It does also come embedded with chromed window outlines, and vertical taillamps. Rear compelled our attention towards Volvo XC series due to its utmost similar styling of taillight, but though we sink down ourselves again to the H powered moniker.

2013 Honda CR-V

For interiors of base variant, iPod connectivity, USB, DVD and reverse camera are now the standard fittings, while Bluetooth connectivity and Navigation system remains suited for high end trims. All of the CR-Vs are presently done with new leather upholstery, refreshed steering rim, audio, cruise control and multi information display, as its core part. Driver’s view point is also concentrated a lot, as pleasure can be derived from electric pilot seat mounted, over 17” alloys along with halogen headlamps’ assistance.

2013 Honda CR-V Interior

Getting hooked to engine made us to learn that it is the same which predecessors were carrying on for so years. To add a new sparkle in the good old wine, 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter petrol jags are tweaked to an extent for chart topping outputs like 156PS (earlier 143PS) and 190PS (earlier 161PS). The gearbox differentiation can be simplified as:

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As per the Japanese’s acclamations, 13.7 kmpl and 12 kmpl average is yielded on smaller and bigger cubic capacitor respectively. Overall the length is also reduced to fit the big giant in some tight parking spots and edge-cutting corners. Diesel lugs are still a far way to come, but expected till the end of 2014.

2013 Honda CR-V launched in India at Rs 19.95 lakh

Rivalries will be majorly figured out with Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevrolet Captiva and Hyundai Santa Fe. As Honda enjoys some premium segmentation here, it will not be wrong to say that BMW X1, Audi Q3, upcoming Volvo V40 and lined-up Jeep Wrangler (short base) may face a blow of competitive heat.

Prices of 2013 Honda CR-V Petrol (ex-showroom Delhi):

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Honda to assemble new CR-V in India

Honda gained much of the market share with new CR-V. It changed the structure of Indian car industry with its launch. This one was actually a highly powered sedan in the SUV skin, and for the first time it was rolled out for commons. Later on, the other car manufacturers also unleashed their big junkies. As days passes by, now this Japanese Sports Utility stands at the 4th generation.

As the launch is getting closer, many updates are sprouting from the grass root level. New Honda will come in the competitive price as the old ones were in the range of 22.91 lakh to 25.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). They used to come directly from Japan. The reduction in price tags will be gained by manufacturing the vehicle in India itself. We expect Noida production facility for the same. However, the Company didn’t gave the confirmation of CKD strategy but we assume it to be revealed in this February.

Honda to assemble new CR-V in India
Fourth Generation of the Honda’s SUV will be powered with a 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter powertrains just like its predecessor. Expectations of a diesel jag for this one is also strong.  new CR-V always dominated the segment. It is the one who made a path for others to roll in. Toyota Fortuner has now captured the domain with its diesel burner which reduced the running cost most probably by 25%. Other competitors like Hyundai Santa Fe, Renault Koleos, GM Captiva and Mitsubishi Outlander also pose themselves in the 18-25 lakh range.

Luxury cars like BMW and Audi are also selling hot on diesel variants. To guzzle a lot of power, SUVs need a tremendous amount of fuel. With the unending rising prices, people now prefer a diesel to save a lot on their pocket. To an extent, X1 and Q3 can also be assumed as its competitors.

Sadly, only 186 CR-Vs rolled out in this FY. Thus, the carmaker hauled its retailing in September.

Honda CR-V to be a CKD instead of CBU

Honda has already discontinued the old CR-V and has been gearing up to launch the new Honda CR-V. The new CR-V will be housing a 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre petrol mills. The 2.2 litre i-DTEC engine that is currently available in the international market will not be coming to India as the sulphur content in Indian diesel is not suitable for the engine.

But the better part of the story is that the cost of the new Honda CR-V will be lower than its older sibling so as to compete with other products in the segment. The upcoming Honda CR-V will be assembled locally to cut down the cost and offer a more competitive pricing. Today even, BMW X1 and Merc B-Class are also locally assembled to bring down the cost. Honda will mainly be competing with these cars only so, CBU will not be a great idea.

Honda CR-V to be a CKD instead of CBU
The facelift version of the BMW X1 is all set to appear by the end of this month and CR-V will also make it around February. The CR-V will be a 5-seater. The two extra seats will be sacked on cost of more space. CR-V will also feature 4-wheel drive option and a common thought is that Honda CR-V is more affordable than BMW X1, i.e. its running cost is quite less.