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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Honda CR-V and the fuel-efficient Honda Jazz Hybrid city car will headline the Japanese brand’s stand at the 2012 Sydney motor show, which kicks off on October 18.

The fourth-generation CR-V will launch in Australia in mid November, and will be available for the first time with the option of front-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive.

Two trim levels of the 2WD Honda CR-V will be offered, which should see the price of the mid-sized SUV fall below the outgoing 4WD-only model’s current $28,090 starting price. The new 4WD variant will be available in three trim levels.

The new Honda CR-V will initially launch in Australia with an upgraded version of the third-gen model’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 138kW/221Nm (up 13kW/3Nm), while for the first time a 110kW/350Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel will be introduced as an option during 2013.

Joining the CR-V will be the Honda Jazz Hybrid – the fourth petrol-electric model in the local division’s line-up after the Civic Hybrid, CR-Z and Insight.

Initially expected to reach showrooms in December, the Jazz Hybrid’s launch has been pushed out to early 2013, when it is expected to wear a price tag to rival the $23,990 Toyota Prius C.

The Honda Jazz Hybrid teams a 65kW/121Nm 1.3-litre petrol engine with a 10kW/78Nm electric motor for a combined output of 75kW and 199Nm.

Using fuel at a rate of 4.5 litres per 100km, the Jazz Hybrid is 1.3L/100km more frugal than the entry-level non-hybrid Jazz GLi, but 0.6L/100km off the pace of the benchmark Prius C.

The two new models will join the rest of the existing Honda range at the Australian international motor show later this month.