More horsepower and smart tech on the new Honda CR-V

  • AFP
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2015 10:35 IST

A few weeks ahead of the world premiere in Geneva, Honda has announced the details of its latest CR-V crossover, which has more power and more on-board tech than the previous edition.

Honda will offer the 2015 CR-V with a 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine (up to 160hp) paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, or with a 2.0 i-VTEC fuel engine (155hp) coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual gearbox is also available with either option.

The most powerful version of the new crossover, which combines the 160hp diesel engine with all-wheel drive, can reach a top speed of 202km/h and does 0 to 100km/h in 9.6 seconds. On the other hand, the most efficient solution is the same diesel engine coupled with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, which brings fuel consumption down to 4.4l/100km for the equivalent of 115g/km of CO2 emissions.

Predicting "cut-ins"

In its Executive trim package, the 2015 CR-V Honda will introduce a brand new smart cruise control system, which Honda says is capable of predicting when other cars are likely to cut in front of the equipped vehicle.

Dubbed Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), the system relies on a camera and radar at the front of the car to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. An algorithm uses this data to calculate the probability that one of these cars will cut into the equipped car's lane. When necessary, the system signals the driver of the cut-in through a dashboard icon and applies the brakes -- lightly when the distance from the car ahead is moderate, or more aggressively only as needed to maintain a safe following distance.

Finally, Honda has also upgraded the interior of the new CR-V with its latest Bluetooth-enabled infotainment system, which is compatible with Android and controlled through a seven-inch screen. The system includes GPS navigation and a back-up cam.

The 2015 Honda CR-V will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show (March 5-15) just before arriving at dealerships this spring. The CR-V has been distributed in North America and Europe since 1997.

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