Euro-Spec 2018 Honda CR-V Arrives With Hybrid And 7-Seat Options

While it took Honda quite some time to bring the latest CR-V to Europe, now the SUV is finally here making its public in Geneva.

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

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Image credits Guido ten Brink / SB-Medien & Manufacturer

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    That interior looks…nice.
    I don’t really mean that as a compliment.
    I’m sure it’ll have Honda’s usual reliability and slick controls.
    The hybrid sounds interesting.

  • Harry_Wild

    I think this is the pictures of the current model that is sold in the U.S. since there is no dual set of 7″ displays shown in the center dash area!

    • eb110americana

      The other display is in the gauges. That’s what they meant by “replaces the dials.” I was thrown off by that too.

  • TrevP

    Is the 7 seat option as useless as the RXL third row?

  • MarketAndChurch

    How did they manage to fit an extra 2 seats into that tiny thing? Will it still have space in the back to carry stuff around? Exporting the larger Honda Pilot, or adding 2 more seats to the upcoming Honda Passport might make more sense but emission restrictions in Europe might limit that from happening.

  • marcin

    Of course no power figures given like it wasn’t important at all.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Thank you for posting this, but I still don’t see this car as a meaningful 7-passenger people mover unless you’re talking about putting children or small adults into the back two seats. This is a little more meaningful a 7-passenger car as the Discovery Sport, but not by much.

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