Finally sensing the need of an oil burner in their biggest SUV in the Indian market till now, Honda is likely to put in a diesel engine in its CR-V SUV when it is launched next year if a report by Autocar is to be believed. Honda CR-V has been in the market for more than a decade now but was sold only with a petrol engine but is finally slated to get a new 1.6-litre diesel engine which will be paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Also Read: Honda Cars India to manufacture 1.6-litre diesel engine for export

Honda CR-V 2018 will be featuring a 7-seat layout instead of the 5-seat one which was available until now. Indian market will be getting ASEAN spec CR-V which is sold in the Thailand also and gets a 7 seat layout instead of 5 seats in the North American version. The features on offer will comprise of 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual zone climate control, heated wing mirrors, 4-way adjustable passenger seat and 8-way adjustable driver’s seat. CR-V will be competing against the Hyundai Tucson , upcoming Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Yeti

The engines available on the Honda CR-V will be comprising of the current 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol unit which delivers a power output of 190 bhp and is also mated to an automatic gearbox. Whereas the revelation we made about the 1.6 litre diesel is that it churns out 158 bhp @ 4000 rpm and 350 Nm of peak torque @ 2000 rpm, all of which will be mated to a ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox which is one of the slickest transmission units. Honda CR-V will be available with a choice of front-wheel drive and an optional AWD to help it compete against the big guns in the market. Also Read: Honda’s Tapukara plant visit: A glimpse into the manufacturing of Honda City, WR-V; Jazz

The new motor will be locally sourced to keep the prices in India in check which will be the key factor in its success when the INR 18 to 28 lakh segment already has some well-established players. The fifth generation of Honda CR-V is going to be boasting of a more curvaceous design which will be aiding with the aerodynamics and the front end derives some cues from the internationally available Civic and the BR-V sold in India. It will be getting an increase in wheelbase of 41 mm which will improve legroom and cabin space substantially.