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by Matt Brogan

A revised CR-V range will go on sale in the UK from Januray next year featuring, among other things, the addition of a new diesel engine to the model line-up.

Since going on sale in 2007, the current CR-V has proved a popular seller in the UK but until now has lacked an automatic transmission on diesel models. The new 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which debuted in the 2008 Accord, takes care of that.

Producing 110kW @ 4000rpm of power (up 7.3kW) and a torque figure of 350Nm @ 2000rpm (up 10Nm) the new diesel is available with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The engine also meets strict new Euro 5 emissions legislation.

The 2010 model will also receive a refreshed exterior look with new front bumper and grille, revised rear bumper, and colour coded bumpers for the Base grade (known in the UK as the SE).

There’s also newly-designed 17-inch (SE) and 18-inch (ES and EX) alloy wheels and upgraded fabrics and plastics inside. A new audio console design has also been introduced, while improved sound deadening around the engine and cabin makes the CR-V an even quieter and more relaxing car to drive.

In addition to drivetrain and aesthetic changes the 2010 CR-V retains radar controlled Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which incorporates Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) – a system that predicts collisions and warns the driver, before applying braking and retracting the front seatbelts if the situation becomes critical. This feature is standard on ES and EX models but optional on the lower-spec SE.

CarAdvice spoke to Mr Mark Higgins, National Public Relations Manager, Honda Australia this afternoon to see if or when we could expect to see a diesel CR-V down under.

“Although we’d love to bring a diesel variant of the CR-V to Australia, the fact that the car is produced in the UK means the exchange rate and associated freight costs make the move a prohibitive one from a cost standpoint,” said Mr Higgins.

So, for the time being at least, this will be another one for the wish list.




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