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Honda launches baby CR-V at Tokyo Motor Show



21 November 2013

The Honda CR-V gets a new baby CR-V brother, first seen this week at the Tokyo Motor Show

FANCIED a new Honda CR-V but thought it too big? 

Too expensive maybe?

Wait for this then. Honda has just launched its brand new compact SUV – a baby CR-V – in Japan at the at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Expect the new baby Honda CR-V to compete with the huge company car following of Nissan’s Qashqai

It won’t be here quite yet. We’ll have to wait for this compact CR-V until 2015, by which time it will have shed its Japanese name – the Vezel – for something, no doubt, that has a V in its title.

Although we expect CR-V Jr will not be the case…

Honda describes this baby CR-V as an Urban SUV and it will be available with petrol and hybrid drivetrains, both featuring 1.5-litre direct-injection engines.

And, we suspect, it will also get the impressive and hugely economical 1.6 diesel engine that currently sits in the Honda CR-V.

Clearly influenced by the success of crossovers such as the Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque and smaller Renault Captur, the Urban SUV boasts exterior styling which Honda describes as “coupelike”.

For company car drivers that want to downsize into something smaller – or simply switch from a hatchback to something more versatile – then the baby CR-V should certainly be on their radar.

But that wasn’t the only Honda launch at the Tokyo motor show. 

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Ralph Morton

Ralph Morton

Ralph Morton is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Business Car Manager (now renamed Business Motoring). Ralph writes extensively about the car and van leasing industry as well as wider fleet and company car issues. A former editor of What Car?, Ralph is a vastly experienced writer and editor and has been writing about the automotive sector for over 35 years.

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