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Honda‘s all-new CR-V is just around the corner with an expected local launch in July.

While the company has only confirmed one engine — a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque, mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) — and both a front- and all-wheel drive drivetrain, there could be another engine coming.

Honda Australia has registered the following engine variants with the government body responsible for vehicle certification:

  • 1.5-litre front-wheel drive five seat (17-inch wheels)
  • 1.5-litre all-wheel drive five seat (18-inch wheels)
  • 1.5-litre front-wheel drive seven seat (18-inch wheels)
  • 1.5-litre front-wheel drive five seats (18-inch wheels)
  • 2.0-litre front-wheel drive five seats (17-inch wheels)

It appears that the company could be gearing up to also offer an entry-level 2.0-litre front-wheel drive model with five seats. While the engine offers a larger capacity than the 1.5-litre, it’s naturally aspirated and produces just 113kW of power. It too is mated to a CVT.

According to the registry information, the higher-specification front-wheel drive with 18-inch wheels and the higher-specification all-wheel drive with 18-inch wheels will come with a panoramic glass roof as an option and as standard respectively.

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Based on an all-new architecture, the new CR-V features a longer wheelbase than the current iteration, meaning the already-generous rear passenger area will become even more accomodating.

The registry information may just be a precaution, though. Honda Australia’s group public relations manager Neil McDonald says there are no plans to introduce it locally at this stage.

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“We’ve announced the 1.5 Turbo, which will be across all grades. There are no plans for the 2.0-litre or diesel powertrains at this point,” McDonald said.

Full pricing and specifications for the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V range will be revealed closer to the local launch in July.

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