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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?

Jason Tulio
Staff Writer
Like most guys, Jason inherited his love for cars from watching his dad talk about and tinker with them while he was growing up. Since then, he has leveled up into the roles of motoring journalist/wannabe mechanic/concerned motorist.
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