On the outside, it sports a familiar design language, with a front end similar to those of other Honda vehicles. However, there is more action taking place on the inside.
For the first time, the 2019 Honda CR-V is coming with a 7-seat option, said to offer “exceptional legroom”. The SUV also gets two 7-inch displays, with one of them replacing the traditional dials, and the other serving as the infotainment system. Meanwhile, the electric tailgate boasts a system that prevents it from scraping against low ceilings.
European customers will have to choose between two powertrains: the 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine, which works together with either a six-speed manual or an optional CVT, and a 2.0-liter hybrid. The latter was previewed last year in Frankfurt, using a 2.0-liter petrol unit with two electric motors, married to a single fixed-gear ratio transmission.
Following its premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 2019 Honda CR-V will go on sale in selected markets across Europe. Order books will open shortly after, as the first deliveries of the 1.5-liter models are expected to take place this fall, whereas the first hybrids will be shipped in early 2019.
Article updated with live imagery from the Geneva auto show