Honda is to showcase a comprehensive update of its models and engine line-up for 2015, at this year’s Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris.
From spring 2015, the popular CR-V is to be offered with a more powerful diesel engine as well as an optional efficient nine-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is to receive a whole new look too with new headlamps, front grille, fog lights, skid-plate and bumper to lift the front aesthetic; while at the rear new LED combination lamps, a refreshed tailgate design and bumper complete the enhancements.
The four-wheel drive CR-V will be equipped with the higher powered 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. This next-generation powertrain delivers outstanding performance and low CO2 emissions, with one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios on the market. For the CR-V, this new engine replaces the previous 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel.
When matched to the six-speed manual transmission the new higher powered diesel engine produces 160 PS and 350 Nm, while emitting a class-leading sub 130 g/km of CO2 – an 11% improvement compared to the previous unit. To help CR-V owners fully exploit the latest engine’s efficiency, the new model is also available with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, with CO2emissions of less than 135 g/km – 20% better than its predecessor.
The two-wheel drive diesel CR-V, available with a manual transmission, will continue to be equipped with the 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine, now with emissions as low as 117 g/km.
New HR-V, new engine
Also on the Honda stand in Paris will be a prototype of the company’s recently-announced compact SUV, the HR-V. The front wheel drive HR-V, due to go on sale in summer 2015, offers two engine options, a 1.5 i-VTEC petrol and the lightweight 1.6 i-DTEC diesel, both from Honda’sEarth Dreams Technology series. Both engines are matched to a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.5 i-VTEC unit can also be fitted with a semi-automatic CVT alternative.
New Jazz, new engine
Alongside the HR-V will be the European debut of the Jazz prototype. Honda will unveil a completely new body shell, with a sleek and modern design that hints at the significant advances to be introduced in this latest model.
Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.