Our spy photographers caught up with the 2018 Honda CR-V undergoing testing on the streets of Ohio in the US. The model was adorned in its actual production body but was under heavy camouflage. As such, we couldn’t tell much about its styling but the shots have helped us craft a rough idea of what to expect from the next-gen Honda CR-V.
2018 Honda CR-V Exterior
From the camouflaged model, we can tell that Honda has upgraded the exterior profile of the CR-V. The model has however retained the CR-V look we are familiar with. Its angular grille is adopted from theHonda HR-V. It is flanked by new looking headlights with LED lighting.
Further, we can tell that the model has a sportier greenhouse and a pronounced shoulder line. At the rear, the new CR-V will feature wraparound taillights which extend to the tailgate. It also has a spoiler mounted on the tailgate. The rear also features a new, sporty exhaust system. The sides largely remain unchanged but we will be able to compare the models better once we get a shot of the vehicle without much camouflage.
In terms of size, we can tell that the CR-V is bigger but it is difficult to gauge by how much. However, rumor has it that there will be an option for the third row of seats meaning its size could increase significantly.
2018 Honda CR-V Interior
Though our spy photographers did a great job capturing the exterior, they could not get close enough to catch a glimpse of the interior. However, we believe the model will undergo a massive interior redesign to feature more upscale equipment for extra comfort and convenience of occupants and for enhanced safety. There will be more tech features to reflect the latest trends in the industry.
The model looks bigger meaning there will be plenty of head and legroom as well as an expanded cargo space. The current model’s interior accommodates 5 passengers but as said earlier, there are rumors that there will be an option for the third row of seats. We expect to find quality upholstery with top trims featuring leather upholstery, a new infotainment system, a premium sounds system and a package of semi-autonomous driving aids.
In a previous statement, Honda’s CEO Takahiro Hachigo affirmed that the CR-V will have new technologies and improved features to improve the model’s competitiveness.
Engine Specs and performance
As of this writing, we still don’t know the drive-trains Honda will hook up the CR-V with. We understand that the automaker will use different engines for different markets. Therefore, expect an array of engines from a petrol mill, a diesel engine and even a hybrid drive-train. However, the automaker has not confirmed any details yet.
A 2.4 L, 4-cylinder engine on the current model with a maximum power output of 280 hp is expected to carry over. Similarly, the outgoing model’s hybrid variant used a 1.5 L gasoline engine paired with an electric motor which is also likely to carry over. According to rumors, a turbocharged 1.5 L, 4-cylinder petrol engine capable of producing 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque is also being considered by the automaker. I expect the automaker to use an upgraded version of this engine.
A standard 8-speed automatic transmission is expected to come standard across all CR-V trims. Some rumors indicate that there will be a plug-in hybrid. The rumors have it that the said plug-in hybrid will combine a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors. The models will be offered in either front- or all-wheel drive systems. As soon as we get more insight on the new Honda CR-V, we will let you know.
Price and release date
The 2018 Honda CR-V will be released sometime next year probably in the first half. Since the automaker is already testing the model, we are anticipating it could make a public debut at a major Auto show before the year ends probably in Los Angeles.
It is difficult to estimate the model’s price as at now but we are sure it will increase from that of the current model.