Future Cars: Honda’s 2018 CR-V Evolves For The School Run

Arguably one of the stalwarts of the crossover sector, Honda’s CR-V has been the sensible family choice since its inception back in 1995. It may not be one of the most exciting vehicles on the market, however it does most things fairly well and a minor redesign for the 3rd-gen model in 2015 has helped keep it competitive.

Nevertheless that doesn’t mean Honda is sitting back and watching its product become stale, as recently spotted test mules and reports indicate than an all-new redesigned CR-V is just around the corner. So let’s peel back the camouflage and take an illustrated look at what to expect.

Honda-cautious styling

As with the departing CR-V, initial impressions are that stylists have again played it safe – which is to be expected for one of Honda’s volume-selling models. There is clear brand DNA with Honda’s ‘winged’ grille and intersecting LED headlamps – just think of a Jazz on steroids. Partial scollops cut into the lower front doors, whilst large fender flares and strong shoulder lines exude a more sharper appearance. Rear styling is curiously similar to Mitsubishi’s Challenger/Pajero Sport SUV, with a rear pillar up-kink and vertical tail lights.

Earthdream powertrains

Four-cylinder petrol engines will dominate the line up; so cue either a 1.5-liter turbo or a normally aspirated 2.4-liter as per the current CR-V. There have also been whispers of a plugin hybrid version; a 2.0-liter, four cylinder mated to a couple of electric motors would serve as an eco-conscious choice for buyers.

European markets are expected to still be offered a diesel variant – whether this is a carry-over unit is yet to be confirmed. Front wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission will be standard, with all wheel drive an option.

New underpinnings and bigger footprint

The next CR-V will be based on the latest modular Civic platform, growing in size, allowing for improved interior packaging and potentially both 5 and 7-seat configurations. Interior styling and materials are to get a boost in perceived quality – not that the current car is bad, it just lacks flair. A plethora of new driver-assist and tech goodies will appear, as will a redesigned infotainment system.

Competitive crossover alternatives

One of the current class-leaders; Mazda’s CX5, offers good looks and nimble handling, however it can’t match the Honda in sales. Then there is Ford’s equally impressive Escape, Hyundai’s Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Toyota Rav 4 and Subaru’s ageing Forester.

The CR-V is expected to launch in 2017 worldwide, with North America getting it as an MY2018.

Final thoughts; would you consider Honda’s next CR-V over the competition? Share your views in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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  • Six_Tymes

    I am not a fan of the current, but this look impressive.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Same here. You know this looks like a modern day Pilot. It’s all about size I see.

      • Bo Hanan

        It’s bigger than the original Pilot. I guess to make room for that new small BRV or whatever it’s called.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          HR-V I think its called. Or are you talking about a new model?

  • Tex

    Desperately needs a sport version AWD, with a turbo in the low 200s hp.

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    • Robert

      I have a CRV w/ 185hp & there’s more than enough power. It’s great on the hwy & has good gas mileage. Take a look at the Pilot which has similar styling w/ a V6.

    • ianswered

      I agree. it will give it some life. Ford, Kia and Subaru have Higher HP alternatives.

    • Harry_Wild

      Agree. Honda’s Type-R engine should be an engine option.

  • TheBelltower

    Doesn’t look too bad

  • MarkoS

    This render looks great to me, lets hope the real thing looks as good. This much better than the new Pilot!

  • Janar Siniväli

    The window in the C-pillar looks nice. Finally. I hope the real production car will also drop CR-V’s clumsy attempts to look like a coupe.

  • QRT

    This looks awesome. Please make it to production – unlike the Civic, pls make the exhausts visible.. Throw the European 1.5T (201hp), superior AWD power train than the current one, more ground clearance – I am up for it! #Currentcrvowner

  • ck

    Wonder if Honda will get their plug in version to market before Mitsubishi does with the long delayed Outlander PHEV? In any case, it will kill their sales once it does.

  • Kash

    Looks like an elongated Ford Edge with late 90’s style rims.

  • roy

    looks a bit like ford everest

  • Arrakis

    Here is a spy shot of the (most likely) production version in disguise. This was obviously used for the cool rendered version so I think we can bet that the final version will look a lot like this. Be nice to see a 3/4 rear view of it too in rendered form.

  • Gerald Michael

    Anyone else think that upward curving belt line look is a design theme that has been beaten to death, and then some?


    The front is almost a carbon copy of Ford Edge.

  • no25

    I like it a lot, but why does it look like a Ford Edge had a Honda offspring?

  • rob

    It needs to have a bigger engine to handle its weight. A small v-6 would be a good idea. Not sure why Honda is always sticking with the same engines. Spice it up and make them have more power.

  • Robert

    I own a ’12 & it’s great. It has more than enough power & excellent on the hwy w/ good gas mileage. If you want more power take a look at the Pilot which has a V6; not for my lifestyle but if you need a family hauler it would be an option. I can’t comment on the Pilot because I’ve never been in one or driven one.

  • taosword

    Only if it is a plug in hybrid with at least 50 mi. range.

  • Chris

    I am very surprised this render is almost perfectly spot-on!!