Honda Reportedly Readies Next-Gen CR-V For Late 2017

Following a mid-life cycle facelift applied almost two years ago, Honda plans to introduce a new generation of the CR-V within the next 18 months.

The vehicle is expected to be based on a new platform and grow in size over its predecessor to add a third row of seats for the first time, meaning that it will be able to target the Nissan X-Trail, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sante Fe and other 7-seaters. 

AutoExpress reports that the firm’s “Solid Wing Face” style grille along with slender headlights and bolder, L-shaped taillights, with LED technology on both ends, and a more dynamic profile, will set it further apart from the current version. A more modern infotainment system is expected inside, along with smartphone-integration apps, extra sound-deadening and higher quality materials.

In Europe, the next Honda CR-V is said to gain the 1.5-liter i-VTEC turbo and updated 1.6-liter diesel, which were already confirmed by the manufacturer, along with a revised 2.0-liter petrol. A plug-in hybrid won’t be part of the package, by a regular hybrid remains in the cards. Base models will get FWD and a six-speed manual transmission, while more expensive grades will benefit from 4WD and a 9-speed auto gearbox.

The North American model will also get a tuned version of the new Civic’s 174hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four as an option, with the current 2.4-liter unit expected to continue as the base offering. If there’s a hybrid, it will surely be offered in America.   

Honda has started testing the CR-V in the United States, where it’s expected to go on sale at the end of 2017, while in the UK and the rest of Europe, the vehicle should arrive a few months later.

Note: Euro-spec Honda CR-V pictured

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  • pjl35

    This article is written as if there aren’t already spy shots of the next-gen CR-V. Where do you think AutoExpress came up with their description of the thing? They’ve got the spy shots in their article, along with renderings. Perhaps those would be more helpful than the gallery here of the current generation…

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