Honda have revised their ultimate 2007 SUV killer - the CR-V with new look, new diesel engine and an eagerly-awaited automatic gearbox for diesel models. The unique 'car-like' handling characteristics have blazed a trail into the CR-V's popularity.

The refined 2010 Honda CR-V will feature a distinctive new front bumper and grille, a revised rear bumper, and colour coded bumpers on EX grades. There are newly-designed 17-inch (SE) and 18-inch (ES and EX) alloy wheels and upgraded fabrics and plastics inside, giving the CR-V interior an even more premium finish. A new audio console design has also been introduced, while improved sound deadening around the engine and cabin makes the CR-V an even quieter and more relaxing car to drive.

The new diesel engine is the same 2.2-litre i-DTEC which debuted in the latest Accord in 2008, it produces 150PS at 4000rpm (up 10PS) and torque of 350Nm at 2000rpm (up 10Nm). The smooth and refined diesel automatic transmission is available on all CR-V model grades from launch in 2010 and all engines in the CR-V line-up are designed to meet Euro 5 legislation.

Three new paint colours are available for the 2010 CR-V - a Premium White Pearl, an Urban Titanium and a Alabaster Silver, and the two unique to the SUV segment active safety systems continue to be available – the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).

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Full specifications, pricing and the exact on sale date will be announced later in the year.