Honda is known to offer swanky looking luxury cars, but that is not all that the all new 2013 CR-V will offer. The 2013 Honda CR-V will be one of the most eco-friendly cars as well as the most efficient SUVs in the auto sector after the Japanese auto company fitted the car with its new engine technology. Presently this great SUV is obtainable in UK with its two engine options; namely the 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine along with a 4 wheel or two wheel drive variants and a top trim with a 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel engine offered in a 4 wheel drive only variant. The UK road tax bands take primarily the CO2 emissions into consideration for the Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) tax. The Honda CR-V’s petrol variant in two wheel drive delivers 174g/km of CO2, whereas the 150PS diesel variant offers CO2 emission as low as 153g/km.
Honda has now further enhanced the car in terms of emission with the help of its new ‘Earth Dreams’ technology which has equipped a new 120PS i-DTEC diesel engine that gives out just 119g/km of CO2 emissions. This engine will be developed in the Honda Swindon factory and is expected to the market in the latter half of 2013 on the two wheel drive variant.
The new diesel engine like the other motor variants also gets Honda’s advanced ECON mode that improves the fuel economy. This 120PS i-DTEC diesel engine also boasts of a smart stop-start system which automatically turns the engine off when the vehicle is idle at traffics and starts the engine once the accelerator is pressed. The lower emissions of 119g/km of the new CR-V model will make the greenest SUV beating the previous greenest car in the SUV segment, the Range Rover Evoque two wheel drive 2.2 litre diesel model that emits only 133g/km.
The new Honda CR-V provides CO2 emissions similar to the much smaller cars such as the Chevrolet Trax and Vauxhall Mokka; and beats the BMW X3 that has low emissions of just 135g/km. The Honda CR-V is a big SUV which is not meant to tread the tough off roads. It is rather a big and comfortable family car with a high ground clearance and driving experience of a SUV. Honda has also heightened the appeal of the CR-V to cost conscious big family buyers with the 2013 CR-V version that offers 1,648 litres of boot space with the foldable rear seats unlike the preceding versions to facilitate easy loading.
The Honda CR-V is not only one of the most efficient vehicle in the SUV category but also the safest that offers a range of world-class safety features including the electronic stability assist, adaptive steering, lane departure warning and automatic collision avoidance in case the CR-V detects other cars or pedestrians in its way. The five seater Honda CR-V SUV’s sales are definitely expected to pump up when the new low emission engine variant hits the UK market in late 2013.