Honda unveil Type-R details and new 1.6 diesel for CR-V
Honda are lining up a lot of action over the next while - from details of their new Civic Type R to major changes in their CR-V and Civic ranges.
Here is an outline:
They have revealed details of their super-powered Civic Type R which is due here in the summer after its Geneva debut next month.
It will have a 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine, a top speed of 270kmh and an estimated 300bhp.
They are placing a lot of emphasis on its aerodynamics and say the near-flat underside helps airflow under the vehicle and, along with a rear diffuser, optimises downforce.
It is, they say, a bit like 'sucking' the car onto the road. A rear wing also adds downforce.
To cope with the power it is fitted with high-performance Brembo brakes for the front wheels. The car will have special 19ins alloys.
* They are replacing the 2.2 i-DTEC engine in their CR-V with a new 1.6 i-DTEC 160bhp and all-wheel-drive.
They say the smaller engine has increased power and claim up to 20pc lower fuel consumption and emissions.
There will be a 6spd manual version mid-March and a 9spd auto late June.
The lower emissions and fuel consumption mean a reduction in VRT and prices for ES trim will now start from €37,495 (manual) and €39,995 (automatic).
That's €2,500 to €4,500 lower respectively than the 2.2 i-DTEC.
The car also gets a facelift, a new internet-ready infotainment system (standard from ES), a City-Brake Active System (standard across the range) tweaked suspension/handling etc and new active safety systems.
* Meanwhile, Honda are also putting their new Agile Handling Assist system into all Civic hatches.
They claim a substantial overhaul of the drive in-line with improved steering, handling, suspension and ride.
The car itself gets a facelift and they are bringing in a new Si model.
The infotainment system is standard from Sport grade while the City-Brake Active System goes into all models.