Honda has officially revealed the 2010 Honda CR-V, a facelifted model of the company's popular SUV. The new vehicle gets renewed styling, as well as a new engine choice.
The engine, a "cleaner, more powerful 2.2-litre diesel," according to Honda, is an i-DTEC model featured on the current Accord. It generates nearly 148 hp, an increase of 10hp from the previous unit available. Maximum torque is also improved to 350 Nm. A new automatic transmission will also launch with the car as an option.
Styling updates include redesigned front and rear bumpers, a new grille, and additional wheel choices. The first-issue wheels come as either 17- or 18-inch alloys. Interior improvements include new material choices, more sound dampening, and a better audio console. Honda is also making the CR-V in Alabaster Silver, Premium White Pearl, and Urban Titanium, in addition to the already available paint jobs.
A full range of standard equipment is available, even if you get the base SE trim level. That unit comes with a/c, heated mirrors, and the 17-inchers, while a step up to the ES trim gets practical luxuries, like 10-spoke 18-inch alloys, dimming rearview mirror, USB port, reconfigured cargo areas, and electric folding mirrors, as well as heated leather/Alcantara seats.
Up one more level to the EX, and you will find yourself watching the road light up with the HID Xenons, while sitting comfortably in the eight-way power seats. Body colored bumpers also appear on this model, along with a glass roof, rain sensors, and a DVD sat. nav.
Althought the 2010 Honda CR-V facelift will get a formal introduction at Frankfurt, do not expect to see the vehicle's specs and pricing next week. Honda says those bits of information, as well as a market release date, will be announced by the automaker later in 2009.