New 2022 Honda CR-V hybrid spotted: price, specs and release date
A brand-new version of the Honda CR-V has been caught on camera before it makes its debut next year. Read on for everything you need to know about this upcoming family SUV.
- New Honda CR-V spotted
- Expected to be hybrid-only
- Should be more spacious than current car…
- … but probably no seven-seater option
- Bolder front fascia design
- Anticipated launch in late 2022
- Prices likely from around £33,000
The next-gen Honda CR-V is on the way, and these new spy shots give us our first look at the upcoming family SUV. It’s expected to go on sale towards the tail end of 2022, as a hybrid-only alternative to the likes of the Ford Kuga and Peugeot 5008.
2022 Honda CR-V design
The current Honda CR-V is already quite a bold-looking car by family SUV standards, and the latest version looks like it’ll have an even more distinctive design. Its face in particular is very striking, thanks to the slim headlights and the large hexagonal front grille. The bonnet looks a lot lower and flatter than the current CR-V’s, too.
In comparison, the rest of the car’s design will be more evolution than revolution. For instance, it looks like the new CR-V will carry over elements like the chunky side skirts and subtly flared wheel arches. Perhaps the biggest visual change can be found on the back – the current Honda CR-V’s vertical rear lights look to have been replaced by a horizontal light bar on the new car.
2022 Honda CR-V engines
You’ll have to wait a bit longer until the new Honda CR-V’s engine specs are confirmed, though cars such the latest Honda Jazz and Honda HR-V give you a great idea of what to expect. Like these cars, the new Honda CR-V is set to go hybrid-only – likely using an evolution of the all-wheel-drive petrol-electric setup used in the current CR-V Hybrid.
This means, for a majority of the time, the CR-V will only be powered by the car’s pair of electric motors, with the engine acting as an on-board generator for the battery pack. However, as is the case with other hybrid Hondas, the engine can provide power to the wheels directly via an automatic gearbox in certain scenarios, such as when you’re accelerating hard to overtake another car on the motorway.
2022 Honda CR-V interior
As the quick glimpses of the dashboard in the spy shots suggest, the new Honda CR-V’s interior will be a bit of a departure over the current car. The main touchscreen looks a lot bigger than the seven-inch display in the current car, and it’s mounted higher on the dashboard, too. Other details are harder to make out, though expect the same minimalist control scheme from the latest Honda Jazz to find its way onto the CR-V.
Because the Honda CR-V looks like it’ll be a bit bigger than the car it replaces, its interior should also be a fair bit roomier this time around – meaning there should be plenty of space for passengers in the front and back seats. However, using the current CR-V Hybrid as a reference, the new Honda likely won’t be available with seven-seats – a side-effect of fitting a large battery pack for the hybrid system.
2022 Honda CR-V price and release date
There’s no official release date just yet, but it shouldn’t be too much longer before the new Honda CR-V goes on sale – expect it to arrive in showrooms in 2022. Prices will likely rise by a few thousand pounds over the outgoing car, so expect entry-level Honda CR-Vs to set you back around £33,000.
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