The Honda CR-V Special Edition has just gone on sale in India, priced at Rs 29.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It was only a few days ago that whispers were heard of this car’s imminent arrival. While the outgoing CR-V is still a premium product in our market, it isn’t the model’s latest iteration. Honda had recently applied some minor tweaks to its most popular crossover to facelift it and launched it in other markets as the regular CR-V. India will get the same car, though that may not happen soon. When compared to the outgoing standard CR-V, the newly-introduced Special Edition is costlier by Rs 1.23 lakh. However, that hike in price isn’t an entirely futile endeavor. Buyers benefit from the Special Edition’s revised exterior touches, new bonus features, and a 3-year/unlimited kilometers warranty.
It was surmised that the Special Edition of the CR-V would likely be limited to just a few dozen units. However, Honda India hasn’t yet confirmed or denied that. On the outside, the CR-V Special Edition receives a few cosmetic upgrades from making it ‘special.’ Some of the noteworthy ones include a new garnish for the door mirrors, a new side running board design a step illumination function. All of these are part of what Honda India calls a “Special Edition Kit.” Keeping that aside, what you are most probably going to notice are the new front & rear bumpers and new diamond-cut 18-inch alloy wheels. The new wheels not only look more burly and elegant, but they also enhance the overall presence of the CR-V. On the other hand, the new front bumper design heightens this crossover’s tough appeal, thanks to its upright lower apron.
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Even the front grille has been given a makeover – it now uses a piano black finish instead of regular chrome. The Special Edition’s new rear bumper looks sleeker and has a shiny silver ornament. Moving on to the interior of this CR-V, the Special Edition gains a few new optional extras. There is now a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and auto-retractable door mirrors. Other noteworthy features here include a hands-free tailgate, active cornering lights for the automatic LED headlamps, and front parking sensors. Individually, while these may not sound like much, they make the Special Edition of the CR-V feel more premium and upmarket as an overall package. Of course, the equipment list on the CR-V is quite lengthy as it is. As always, you get smart entry with push-button start, automatic windshield wipers, cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control with rear AC vents.
The infotainment system in the Honda CR-V Special Edition uses a 7.0-inch touchscreen with voice recognition and Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. An 8-speaker audio system is included in the package as well, while a digital color display is provided in place of regular analogue dials for the driver. Safety nannies are quite extensive, too, though the Special Edition doesn’t come with Honda’s ‘Sensing’ advanced safety suite and driver-assistive technology. However, it still gets a whole raft of active and passive assistance. These include 6 airbags, Driver Attention Monitor, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), an Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Brake Hold, and a multi-view reversing camera with active guidelines. Furthermore, Honda’s LaneWatch camera is present here as well and helps you check your blind spots.
Under the hood, there are no mechanical changes in the Honda CR-V Special Edition. Its 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-popper petrol engine develops 152hp and 189Nm of torque and is mated to a CVT gearbox. Ride quality and cabin comfort were always a strong suit of the Honda CR-V, and they still are. The suspension soaks in road undulations and bumps in an unfussed manner, while corners are handled quite confidently as well. While cars such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Karoq maintain their poise better when pushed harder through corners, the CR-V isn’t too far behind. The VW is more expensive than the Honda – the Karoq costs about the same, though. For the time being, Honda’s flagship crossover gains more kit, and the refresh also helps it stand its ground better.