Geneva: 2013 Honda CR-V gets Earth Dreams Technology 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine

Article by Christian A., on March 6, 2013

Honda’s new Earth Dreams Technology 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine will be featured next on the British built CR-V. The CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC was recently presented at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It is offered in two-wheel drive with manual transmission. It comes with 300Nm of torque and 120 PS. It only emits 119g/km of CO2 to offer an extraordinary balance of performance and economy.

Honda's production plant in Swindon is where this new derivative will be exclusively produced for Europe. Sales will begin in autumn 2013. In January 2013, the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel was launched in the Civic. Among the other diesel engines in its class, it is the lightest. It offers a dynamic performance, responsive handling and less running costs.

In fact, CR-V customers are subjected to an annual road tax bill of only £30. The popularity of two-wheel drive diesel SUVs has increased with the climbing demand for more affordable motoring. It presently accounts for more than 25% of the entire C-SUV market in the UK. To go along with the trend, the new CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC has a CO2 emissions level of just 119g/km.

Because of increasing fuel prices and stricter environmental performance limits, customers have come to prefer low emission vehicles. Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series seeks to resolve customers’ worries while at the same time, a pleasant driving performance is offered.

With the new CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC, Honda continues to provide customers with the original CR-V concept of offering a balance between the car’s efficiency and performance with the SUV’s functionality and security. The styling of the new CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC is intended to still offer the confidence it has shown in 2012 when the new CR-V was introduced.

It remains practical with 1648 litres of luggage capacity. The new CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC includes Honda’s easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seats, which could be tucked away flat in just one move. It’s easy to transform the CR-V from a five-seater passenger car into a multipurpose load-lugger. It only takes one pull of a handle.

Honda CR-V is both a car and an SUV, and this has always been the inspiration and the influence in its style and development. Honda’s Exterior Designer Manabu Konaka validates this by saying that the Honda CR-V was intended to be driven in any driving occasion, hence its flexibility to be driven and treated as both a car and an SUV. Konaka further says the Honda CR-V is both casual and formal, reliable and functional but stylish and visually appealing.

The new Honda CR-V is shorter in length by 5mm and in height by 30mm compared to previous models, but this does not mean the interior space has been compromised. If anything, the reduced size but same leg room and interior size speaks of the improved efficiency of the new Honda CR-V.

This fourth-generation Honda CR-V features bodyline sculpting that is deeper and a nose section that is sharper, giving off a look that is fresh but still very much identifiable with the legacy of the CR-V line. Bold wheelarches housing large wheels hint of the new CR-V’s capability and power. The new CR-V also shows horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights that are headlined by the smooth, flowing lines found in the front bumper.

On the other hand, the lower front bumper is capable of aggressive approach angle with its aerodynamic makeup. A Honda CR-V will always feature its unique signature vertical rear brake lights, but the fourth generation Honda CR-V adds a twist to this with its three-dimensional style.

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