The current generation of CR-V has been around for a while and even though it is still one of the best models in the class, it is about to receive a complete redesign. Those are the latest reports about one of Honda’s most important models in the lineup, which is the second best-selling compact SUV in North America. The new generation will debut next year, as the 2023 Honda CR-V. From what we know so far, it will bring a lot of interesting novelties.
Naturally, Honda will focus on improving flaws from the current generation, even though there aren’t many of them. That’s why we count on evolutionary changes mostly, on further improvements of the current features and characteristics. The styling will be completely new, as well as the interior design. Also, the new model will come in a three-row version, a variant that has been reserved for the European market so far.
The 2023 Honda CR-V will hit the market in the second half of 2022.
2023 Honda CR-V Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the changes will be mostly evolutionary in this case. Simply, the current model feels great in many aspects, particularly in terms of mechanics. So, you may count on further upgrades, on the platform that will be borrowed from the recently-introduced 11th-generation Civic. Naturally, the new platform will bring various improvements, especially in terms of ride quality and comfort, even though the current model already stands pretty well in this aspect.
Also, the new platform may bring new possibilities in terms of powertrain. Currently, the CR-V is available either with a gasoline engine or a hybrid powertrain. The new generation may become compatible for full electrification, though we don’t expect that the all-electric version will arrive all that soon.
Naturally, a completely new exterior is what we expect to see from the new model. The test mule has been on the road for a while, but it still wears a camouflage. So, we can’t talk much about the styling at this point. We could rely on rendering photos, that can already be seen on the network. On the other hand, what we can see on the test mule is that the hood is notably longer, which is something that promises a more attractive and more aggressive look.
Also, we expect that the new generation will grow in size. At this point, it’s hard to talk about numbers, but we expect that the new model will feature a longer wheelbase, as well as more inches in the overall length. As we’ve just mentioned, a three-row version is also about to come and this version will probably feature a stretched wheelbase.
When it comes to interior design, we have no doubt it will be completely new. The current cabin features pretty impressive build quality and really nice materials. However, the dashboard design looks a little bit too simple. That’s why we expect that the 2023 Honda CR-V will bring a little bit more excitement. The dashboard will probably be borrowed from the new Civic, which features a nice combination of modern and retro styling solutions.
The amount of space should be even bigger in the new model, even though the outgoing version already offers one of the most spacious cabins in the class, especially in the cargo area. The three-row model is coming too and it will feature a stretched wheelbase, which promises a useful third row of seats.
2023 Honda CR-V Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, most of the things will remain the same, at least when it comes to the gasoline version. This model will continue with a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 190 horsepower, which is more than enough for a convenient ride and good driving dynamics. Also, this engine features pretty good fuel economy, which currently goes around 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
When it comes to the hybrid version, we might see some upgrades over the current system, which combines a 2.0-liter engine with a couple of electric motors, for the total output of 212 horsepower.
2023 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
The next-generation 2023 Honda CR-V will probably hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester etc.