Final specifications of the European-market 2015 Honda CR-V facelift have just been announced. Recently shown at the Paris motor show as a “prototype,” the updated SUV will soon go on sale on the Continent sporting enhanced looks and more importantly, entirely new mechanicals.

From the outside, the Euro-bound CR-V facelift is no different to the Thai-spec model (which ours will likely mirror), except for the fitment of roof rails, body-coloured door handles and LED rear light clusters. The North American-market model is different again, wearing a unique front bumper treatment.

Inside, there’s a new Honda Connect system – an app-driven infotainment interface through a seven-inch touchscreen panel. The electronic gearknob (with a P button) is new too, which is similar to those seen on Honda’s hybrid models.

Its under-the-skin changes are far more interesting. Honda will offer the popular SUV with a new 1.6 litre i-DTEC turbodiesel engine that develops 160 PS and 350 Nm of torque. This uprated Earth Dreams Technology unit replaces the outgoing 150 PS/350 Nm 2.2 litre i-DTEC motor.

The newer, cleaner engine can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or a ZF-sourced nine-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox – previously introduced on the USDM 2015 Acura TLX. A 20% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to the old five-speed auto model is claimed.

Front-wheel drive CR-Vs are still available with the existing 120 PS/300 Nm 1.6 i-DTEC engine, while the sole 155 PS/190 Nm 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol motor is also retained. Both units are now Euro6 compliant.

Thai-spec 2015 Honda CR-V facelift
North American-spec 2015 Honda CR-V facelift