Honda (UK) has announced competitive new pricing and a generous specification for its new-look Honda CR-V, which goes on sale in January 2010.

The new model will be available with a new diesel powerplant – the i-DTEC – and an eagerly awaited automatic gearbox for diesel models.

NVH levels are improved, with increased sound deadening around the engine and cabin, adding to the high-quality refinement of the CR-V and making it an even quieter and more relaxing car to drive. Inside the cabin, upgraded fabrics and plastics have been used to give a more premium finish; a new audio console design has been introduced.

SE grades now come fitted with newly-designed 17-inch alloy wheels as standard as well as air conditioning, auxiliary socket, cloth upholstery and power-heated door mirrors.

ES grades get 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirror, cruise control, double-deck cargo space, electric folding mirrors, half leather and Alcantara heated seats, headlight washers, front fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear knob, rear parking sensors, unique interior inlay trims and USB connector for an iPod, over and above the SE model.

Top spec EX models are differentiated by full body-coloured bumpers and come equipped with DVD voice-activated satellite navigation with premium audio and subwoofer, full leather upholstery with front heated seats, HID Xenon headlights and auto headlight on function, panoramic roof, rain sensor, reverse tilt mirror and 8-way driver power seat in addition to the ES specification.

Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which debuted in the latest Accord, produces 150PS at 4,000rpm (up 10PS) and torque of 350Nm at 2,000rpm (up 10Nm). It can be paired with a either a 6-speed manual transmission or the smooth and refined 5-speed automatic gearbox that has been manufactured in-house by Honda.

Manual versions of the torquey diesel CR-V crack 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds with a top speed of 118mph, while the auto makes 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 116mph. Fuel economy for the CR-V remains at 43.5mpg for the manual and 38.2mpg for the auto.

The i-DTEC engine uses a combination of the latest injection technology, more efficient exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel particulate filter to create a diesel engine that’s quieter and smoother. With significantly-reduced levels of NOx and particulates emissions, it is Euro 5 compliant, and emits CO2 emissions of 171g/km (manual) and 195g/km (auto).

The 2.0-litre petrol CR-V is also Euro 5 compliant, but remains unchanged from the previous model, producing 150PS at 6,200rpm and torque of 192Nm at 4,200rpm.

Top speed   118mph (manual) 110mph (auto)
0-62mph  10.2 secs (manual) 12.2 secs (auto)
Fuel economy   34.4mpg (manual) 33.6mpg (auto)
CO2 190g/km (manual) 193g/km (auto)

Petrol models
2.0-litre SE – £20,175
2.0-litre SE auto – £21,475
2.0-litre ES – £21,675
2.0-litre ES auto – £22,975
2.0-litre EX – £25,215
2.0-litre EX auto – £26,515
2.0-litre EX with Advanced Safety Pack – £27,215
2.0-litre EX with Advanced Safety Pack auto – £28,515

Diesel models
2.2-litre SE – £22,135
2.2-litre SE auto – £23,475
2.2-litre ES – £23,635
2.2-litre ES auto – £24,975
2.2-litre EX – £27,175
2.2-litre EX auto – £28,515
2.2-litre EX with Advanced Safety Pack – £29,175
2.2-litre EX with Advanced Safety Pack (auto) – £30,515