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Honda CR-V updates for 2015: first pictures

Published: 01 October 2014 Updated: 26 January 2015

The new 2015 Honda CR-V sports utility vehicle will be unveiled at the Paris motor show this week – and these are the first pictures of the mid-life facelift.

It’s a modest refresh, with new headlamps, front grille and bumpers at the nose, while the rear of the latest CR-V is distinguished by on-trend vogueish LED lamps, tailgate and bumper.

What else do we know about the 2015 Honda CR-V?

It’s not just a cosmetic fillip for the CR-V; new, more powerful downsized engines are also available to tempt penny-pinching buyers.

The headline news is the higher-powered 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder turbodiesel, which replaces the larger 2.2 i-DTEC. Honda’s grasped the potential of downsizing and running away with the idea, as part of its cheesily named Earth Dreams technology drive.

It’s commendably punchy, producing 158bhp and 258lb ft, and produces 11% less CO2 than the engine it replaces. Honda’s being coy with the exact output, saying it’s ‘sub 130g/km.’

Buyers can mate this new TD with a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic – all the better for reducing rpm and fuel consumption. Should be a quiet M-way cruiser, too.

The cleanest CR-V

The two-wheel drive CR-V continues to be powered by the less powerful 118bhp 1.6 i-DTEC, promising 117g/km CO2 emissions.

Why the Honda CR-V is a big hit

Honda proudly claims the CR-V was the world’s best-selling SUV in the first quarter of 2014.

Sales of 165,017 globally go to show how popular Honda’s soft-roader is in multiple markets around the world.

Not bad for an SUV built at the Swindon factory in the UK.

>> See more highlights from the 2014 Paris motor show here

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words