The Honda CR-V has enjoyed a growing success all around the world ever since the first generation made its debut back in 1995, and for good reasons. In truth, the CR-V is one of the most iconic Compact SUVs / Crossovers this market segment has ever seen and the fact that the sales figures in the US have gone up with each passing year during the past decade proves this mode's success.
That being said, Honda has recently unveiled the brand new 2013 CR-V for Europe and according to them the new compact SUV aims to be an even greater success than ever before. Despite the fact that the 2012 model had a bit of a hiccup and undergone a recall due to a problem with the door latches, Honda moved on and is confident that the new model will deliver the most "car-like mid-sized off roader yet".
At launch the 2013 CR-V will be powered by either by a 2.0 liter petrol engine or a 2.2 liter diesel unit. The petrol i-VTEC power plant will develop 148 horsepower and 142 lb-ft of torque, with CO2 emissions of 168 g/km. The 2.2 diesel engine will develop the same amount of horsepower as the petrol counterpart, but will produce 258 lb-ft of torque and will emit 148 g of CO2 / km.
The new CR-V will be offered with either front or four-wheel-drive as an option, and in addition a new 1.6 liter diesel engine is expected to join the other two sometime next year. Performance figures and details about the fuel economy of the smaller engine have not been revealed but Honda mentioned that it will produce only 88 g of CO2 / km.
In terms of aesthetics the new model comes with a handful of changes when compared to the 2012 model including a larger front grille with a slightly new form factor that overlaps part of the headlights and a redesigned front bumper just to name a few of the highlights.
As far as availability goes the Honda CR-V 2013 will go on sale in Europe later this year and details about pricing will be made available once we'll get closer to its launch date. Key competitors remain the same, including the Toyota RAV4, the Subaru Forester and the 2013 Ford Escape.