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Honda CR V Review: The new Honda CR-V

The new Honda CR-V

By Satish Kalepu; February 13, 2007

Honda CR-V 2007

The third generation Honda CR-V is all set to roll out on the Indian roads. Japanese car maker, Honda, has already witnessed the popularity of the new 2007 model in US and Japan. Now it is all geared up to make an impression in India, Australia, etc.

Having made its maiden appearance on the Indian roads four year back, in 2003, the new Honda CR-V 2007 model would be seen with a refurbished appearance and is all set to give competition to the Toyota's RAV4. Honda CRV has given excellent performance backed by contemporary design styles ever since its first appearance in 2003.

Honda CR-V has always been popular and one of the most admired models in India. Now the third generation model of CR-V is geared with style and substance to give you the ultimate driving pleasure. Responding to an encouraging patronage by Indians and in keeping customer requirements and specification, CR-V model incorporates additional features that are meant to enhance the comfort the level of the user and lessen the hardships faced with the existing version of the vehicle.

The price of the new model shall be announced on the day of the launch; however, it is expected to fall in the price band of around Rs. 17 lac - 21 lac. The new model is laden with all the modern luxury features and lapped up with latest i-vtec technology. The engine is all geared up to provide better power and fuel efficiency as the company has adapted the new model as per the ARAI certifications. The overall engine performance has been refined keeping in mind Indian road conditions and fuel quality.

The new Honda CRV model is available in three plush models – RVi (MT), RVSI (AT), RVSI (MT). The exteriors of the new Honda CR-V 2007 model proudly boast of body colored outside rear view mirrors with side turn indicators. It has double front grille and projector type highlights. It has standard rear window wiper and washed but the rain sensing wiper is absent. Head lights that are of projector type, shining amidst double front grills become starkly observable. The new model has alloy wheels but the wheel covers are absent in the showroom model. It is currently available in four eye-catching colors – Nighthawk Black Pearl, Premium White Pearl, Green Tea Metallic, Whistler Silver Metallic and New Red Pearl.

The sleek-new exteriors blend harmoniously with the interior that is rich in amenities, which is hard to be felt in a cross-over SUV. Interiors are aesthetically complemented by ivory and black combination forming the interior. A leather gear knob, double glove box and assistant box with lid are some of the other remarkable features. Added to this is the novel feature of illuminated and steering controls.

The car is aimed to enhance the level of comfort and convenience for the user. This is evident in the way seats in the rear are provided. Besides being foldable, the seats are such as to ensure an eight versatile seating combination and 8 - way power seat adjustment. The interiors get illuminated by ambience light and map light. A double deck compartment for cargo adds to the facility that is already provided. Clutch foot rest, sunglass holder, conversation mirror, bottle holder, map holder, seat back pocket, rear floating type arms rest with cup holder, power windows, an arrangement of auto up and down with anti-pinch on the driver's side are other notable features of the new Honda CR-V model.

Safety is another aspect which is taken care of in the new Honda CRV 2007. The electronic brake force distribution takes care of this. The entertainment section boasts of 6 speakers are spread with two in the front, two in the rear and two tweeters. Mp3 Player with aux- in- jack completes the arrangement. Satellite-linked navigation system ensures proper guidance along the way.

Described and branded to be the third generation of its kind, the all - new version is the synthesis of style, sophistication, and substance. Although it might take some time for the new Honda CRV Model to have a firm footing and gain ground in India, its features and specialties are such that this would become a frequent roadster in times to come.

Indian markets have become the favorite among foreign manufacturers. Minor Asia-specific modifications would help the Honda CRV model to get used to function in Indian conditions. This would pave way for the Honda group to set up plant in the near future and contemplate towards the manufacture of small car. This is reassuring for Indian buyers and Indian representatives of the Honda group.

The new Honda CRV 2007 is designed specifically to suit the needs of the country in question and as per the conditions that prevail. For those who cherish the pleasures of driving, Honda promises to make them concrete. The car is slated to come in two variants of six speed manual transmission and automatic transmission, with the respective inaugural price tags that are marginally unlike.

The manufacturers hope to come out with the version that could be driven by diesel, in place of the current model that is petrol driven, in view of the scarcity of petrol and mounting costs. The pleasure of driving need not be sacrificed. What needs to be noted is the five star rating given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an authorized body that ensures and authenticates safety specifications and measures, on the part of the vehicle in question.

The new Honda CRV 2007 model would surely find favorable bearings in India, in times to come. With a tough exterior that leads to a cozy and comfortable interior, with features that are latest and novel, driving would be safe and swift.

Wouldn't one love to be taken for a ride?

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