Since the introduction in 1995, Honda’s CR-V has been the vehicle of choice for many families around the world. The famous compact SUV is now in its 5th generation, with a minor updates to compete with Ford, Toyota, & Hyundai rival.
Honda is working on entirely new 6th-generation CR-V to keep things interesting. And, as our spies have discovered, Honda’s money machine is playing it safe with a current, well-tailored, but also more mature look, similar to what it did with the new Civic compact car and hatchback.
But what others is there to look forward to? Is it going to be electrified? Let’s dive a little deeper.
Just look at Honda’s current roster to see how the bizarre and quirky style has been phased out.
Like the current edition of Civic and Accord, the CR-V radiates a more sophisticated, mature attitude that going to delight the majority while offending the minority.
It has a stunning new front fascia with a trapezoidal grille, and a horizontal spear connecting the matrix LED headlamps at the front.
The longer hood radiates strength, while the prominent fenders reinforce a confident demeanor.
The front and rear taillights are connected by a crisp shoulder lines, with the latter being crisper.
The new CR-V, based on prototypesthat appeared, will be longer than the existing model, which is 182 inches (4,623mm) long, 73 inches (1,855mm) wide, and 67 inches (1,690mm) tall, with a 104.7 inches (2,660mm) wheelbase.
In addition, the rear overhang looking like to be larger, which, when fusioned with the other alterations, modifies the proportions compared to the 5th-generation model.
The next-generation Honda CR-V’s design and styling were first shown in spy photographs taken in March 2021 (via Motor.1.com) and then again in August 2021 when prototypes debuted on the European testing leg (via MotorAuthority.com).
The photos showed a lot about the upcoming overhaul. The iconic crossover design will return, but it will be more assertive and harsher this time.
The nose is set higher on the face, giving it a more aggressive appearance.
Slimmer headlights with squinted outer edges will add to the aggression.
The upper edge of the lights should be connected with a chrome strip.
The radiator grille will likely be hexagonal in shape, similar to the current type, but with a different design.
The spy images of the CR-V reveal a new trapezoidal quarter glass on the sides. The design of the 2023 CR-V could be unlike any other CR-V before it, with horizontal combination lighting at the back instead of vertical or L-shaped lamps. What about the license plate? It would be on the tailgate’s upper part.
The disguised test mule’s rear lights have cut-outs that hint at a repeat of the trademark L-shaped logo.
On the other hand, those cut-outs could be a ruse, and the tail lamps could be rectangular instead.
The rear lights will have a sizeable L-shaped light guide on their outer ends that extends out to the shoulder line, similar to the 2022 Civic Hatchback.
The cabin of the 2023 Honda CR-V will be more straightforward, in keeping with the brand’s new attitude of “simplicity and something.”
Honda should employ a thinner dashboard and clean up the center tablet by relocating the infotainment system screen & lowering the number of physical controls in the CR-V’s center console.
The touchscreen panel will likely be mounted atop of the dashboard, making it more accessible to the driver and keeping the console tidy.
Adopting a 10.2-inches utterly digital instrument cluster going to be another critical alteration.
It’s safe to anticipate that Apple CarPlay & Android Auto will be available wirelessly.
The new CR-V isn’t a dedicated battery-electric vehicle from the start.
It may, however, compete with Toyota by offering plug-in hybrid capability under the e: PHEV moniker, prime RAV4 in addition to ford get away from the PHEV.
The 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder petrol engine in the Clarity PHEV might be combined with an electric motor to provide 212 horsepower, but Honda could have something more up its sleeve. What is clear is that Japanese automakers will offer self-charging hybrids once more.
Like the current model, this variation is powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 212-horsepower electric motor.
Honda’s e-CVT transmission sends power to the front wheels or all four.
The base model, which inherits the existing CR-1.5-liter V’s turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine and CVT in both FWD and AWD configurations, is the same.