Honda has been rolling out the 2012 Honda CRV crossover across the world and the car was recently spotted in Qatar while Indian market still awaits it with arms wide open. The Honda CRV 2012 chassis is of the older version only with vital up gradation done in key areas to enhance the dynamics of the car. The new Honda CR-V drove in US six months back and it was speculated that the car is going to pay a visit at the 2012 Auto Expo; the rumor was officially denied by the company and said it has zeroed in on Brio and Jazz for the emerging markets of India.
The most thrilling aspect of the car is the availability of a diesel heart albeit it will not pump the fuel here in India as the company feels that the sales figure are too low. At present, Toyota Fortuner is the uncontested market leader in the luxury SUV segment and it’s saddening that Honda is not bringing in the Diesel power CR-V as the car has the potential to uproot Fortuner from its Numero Uno position.
Honda will bring in the CR-V through CBU (completely built units) route only, this would dent the pockets of Indian buyers as the price is going to escalate with the increased excise duty imposed in Union Budget 2012. Honda’s crossover CR-V is one of the finest petrol powered SUV’s in India in recent times, however the lack of diesel heart along with the CBU pricing has dented the status-quo over time. Honda’s focus as of now is to add diesel engines to Brio, Jazz and City also the company is not going to roll out any of its vehicles this year, so the wait grows longer for the new CR-V and Civic.