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A few weeks ago, we reported on a rumor that the all-new CR-V could be coming here in diesel form. Now there’s been a recent development that adds strength to our suspicion: The fifth generation CR-V has been launched in neighboring Thailand. And yes, it’s got an oil-burner under the hood. Press play on the video above to take a look.
As per our previous report, the all-new CR-V comes with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel mill that does 160hp and 350Nm. This is mated to a mind-bending Shift by Wire nine-speed transmission, which combine to eke out 18.9km/L according to Honda. The other option for Thai customers is a 2.4-liter i-VTEC (173hp, 224Nm) paired to a CVT.
This all-new model also has another ace up its sleeve—seven seats. That’s right, there’s finally a third row. This might pit the CR-V up against other seven-seaters made by rivals like Toyota and Mitsubishi. That’s a competitive battlefield, to say the least.
The Thai-spec all-new Honda CR-V is available in five colors: White Orchid Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, and Dark Olive Metallic. The question now is, is the Philippines next in line to receive Honda’s all-new diesel seven-seater? After all, most of our Hondas do come from the Land of Smiles. What do you guys think?