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.
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.