2017 Honda CR-V

Honda has confirmed that the all-new CR-V for the Thailand market will come with the brand’s 1.6L i-DTEC Turbo engine for the first time in the kingdom, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

This confirms an earlier report that suggested such a drivetrain will be made available in the fifth-generation of Honda’s popular SUV. The launch of the CR-V is expected to take place in Thailand as early as the end of March, ahead of the 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show.

The i-DTEC mill features a two-stage turbocharger system, “which intelligently creates high torque and acceleration to be the most efficient in all driving conditions.” According to Honda, the engine produces 160 hp at 4,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.

With the nine-speed auto, the fuel consumption is claimed to be at 18.9 km/l, while the CO2 emission rate is at 141 g/km. In other markets like the United States, the CR-V is only offered with a choice of two petrol engines.

The first is a 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated direct injection four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine (184 hp/244 Nm), while the other is a 1.5 litre turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder DOHC VTC (190 hp/243 Nm). Both petrol options, unlike the diesel mill, can only be had with a CVT.

Suffice to say, the CR-V is certainly one of the most anticipated cars of the year, and is rumoured to be one of two remaining models (after the BR-V and City facelift) that Honda Malaysia plans to launch in 2017, with the other being the new Jazz Hybrid.

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V (US market)