Honda has introduced the 2018 CR-V in Europe, just a few months after the SUV was previewed at the most recent Geneva Motor Show. Closer to home, the CR-V has already made its launch debut as of July last year, with four variants being offered.

In terms of specifications, the Euro-spec CR-V is powered by the brand’s 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine. The mill serves up 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque when mated to a six-speed manual, or 193 PS and 243 Nm with a CVT. The latter comes with all-wheel drive as standard, but is an option for those who prefer to do the shifting themselves (front-wheel drive is the default driveline).

Performance-wise, the CR-V CVT AWD will max out at 200 km/h, with the 0-100 km/h time at 10 seconds. Going the manual route nets you a higher top speed of 210 km/h (FWD) and 208 km/h (AWD), along with a lower century sprint time of around 9.2-9.8 seconds.

Aside from the manual offering, customers in Europe will also be able to order the CR-V with seven seats – something that is also available in Thailand but not for us. This option for an additional row of seats is available only for petrol AWD models.

Higher-end variants will benefit from a comprehensive Honda Sensing suite of systems that include Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Later on, a hybrid powertrain based on Honda’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system will make its way to the Euro-spec CR-V. The setup, which is said to be similar to that on the Accord Hybrid, will employ a 2.0 litre i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle petrol engine as well as two electric motors.