The Honda CR-V has been given a new look for the 2015 model year, a more powerful version of the company’s well-regarded 1.6-litre diesel engine with 160PS, and the option of a new nine-sped automatic transmission.

The new engine replaces the previous 150PS 2.2-litre diesel unit, with which it shares its 350Nm torque figure.

It’s expected to achieve CO2 emissions below 130 g/km, likely placing it in VED Band D.

The big news, however, is that this new engine will be available not just with a six-speed manual transmission, but also a new nine-speed auto, and in this configuration it is expected to achieve CO2 emissions of less than 135 g/km.

The new 160PS unit is offered with four-wheel drive, while the 120PS version continues to be offered in two-wheel drive form, although with CO2 emissions now down to 115 g/km.

The 155PS 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol unit continues to be available, and is now Euro6 compliant.

Externally, the new CR-V receives new headlights with integrated LED signature, new fog lights, a new grille, and a new bumper and skid plate, while at the rear it gains a re-profiled bumper, LED lights and a revised tailgate.

The CR-V will also be one of the first models to benefit from Honda’s new Connect infotainment system, boasting seven-inch touch-screen access to Bluetooth connectivity and MirrorLink, a rear-view camera, trip information, internet access, a series of apps from the Honda App Centre, and optional Garmin navigation.