The replacement for the popular Honda CR-V family SUV has been revealed in America. While the Japanese brand is keen to stress that this model is for the US market only, the differences between this and the eventual European version are thought to be minimal.
As the new model nears its release, Honda dealers will typically offer progressively bigger discounts on the outgoing model.
It’s worth noting that until 31 January 2017 Honda is offering an extra £500 off the current CR-V – simply build a CR-V in the carwow configurator to get this deal.
2017 Honda CR-V – styling
Keen to avoid putting off loyal customers, Honda has elected to make the new CR-V’s styling more an evolution of the outgoing model’s look rather than forge a new direction. Like the old model, the car’s front end is dominated by a wing-like shape formed by the angled headlights that flank the broad hexagonal grille. It’s also slimmed down the A-pillars that frame the windscreen to improve forward visibility.
Honda has lengthened the wheelbase – the distance between the wheels – compared to the outgoing model. This will bring benefits in terms of passenger space and ride quality but, despite this, much of the car’s profile remains the same. It’s a case of function over form because the chunky body focusses on delivering a maximum of interior space rather than looking as svelte as possible.
At the back, larger brake lights flank the rear window but also echo the design on the latest Honda Civic. American cars get LED headlights as an optional extra but it remains to be seen whether these’ll be standard or optional in the UK.
2017 Honda CR-V – interior
We’re yet to get out hands on the new model but Honda claims the new CR-V has the best interior space in the class across the pond – especially in the back where rear legroom is claimed as class leading. At the same time, the new cabin is said to feature better quality materials and more intricate stitching on the seats to enhance the premium feeling.
In front of the driver sits a new colour information screen similar in principal to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital dials. A seven-inch infotainment screen is fitted in the middle of the dashboard. We’ve not been impressed with Honda’s previous attempts with the Android-based system but, with the inclusion of a physical volume knob, here’s hoping the brand has found a way of making it more user friendly. It gets a Garmin-developed sat nav optionally but, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, there seems little need to spec it.
2017 Honda CR-V – driving and engines
The UK engine lineup remains to be announced but the US’s entry-level 2.4-litre non-turbo petrol engine is unlikely to be sold over here. Higher spec trims in the US will get the 1.5-litre petrol recently announced for the Civic so it’s a safe bet this 190hp unit could make its way into UK-bound CR-Vs. It’s also likely a mildly upgraded version of the 160hp 1.6-litre diesel from the outgoing CR-V could make its way into the new model.
As before, a choice of two and four-wheel drive will be offered and a choice of manual or automatic gearbox. The latter will hopefully be the nine-speed unit currently fitted to the outgoing CR-V rather than the noisy CVT automatic Honda will offer in the US. New dampers and upgraded anti-roll bars aim to improve the car’s handling and reduce body roll without compromising on comfort.
2017 Honda CR-V – price and release date
The current CR-V is comparatively expensive compared to rivals including the Kia Sportage and Peugeot 3008. It counters with strong equipment levels and the firm’s legendary reputation for reliability. To remain competitive in the class, we don’t expect prices to move noticeably from the current model’s £23,025 entry-level price, rising to about £36,500 for top-spec models.
The new model will go on sale in the US in winter 2016 and is billed as a 2017 model so customer deliveries are unlikely to occur until the new year. We don’t expect the European model to be far behind in terms of release date so it could go on sale on these shores sometime in spring 2017.
2017 Honda CR-V latest news (updated October 2016)
The all-new Honda CR-V SUV is currently undergoing testing, as shown by these spy shots courtesy of AutoGuide. This new Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia Sportage rival will share its platform and a number of engines with the upcoming Honda Civic but will boast a more boxy SUV body and a high driving position.
With the current CR-V approaching the end of its production run, many dealers will be keen to offer big discounts. Take a look at our configurator to view the latest the Honda CR-V deals or, if you’d like to learn more about the alternatives, take a look at our list of the 10 best SUVs currently on sale.
A range of petrol and diesel engines will be offered from launch including an entry-level 1.0-litre turbocharged unit. A more powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine will be available for buyers looking for a little extra performance.
Diesel power will come in the form of an updated version of the current Civic’s 1.6-litre engine. An optional nine-speed automatic gearbox should help eke out every last mpg while the bulk of the range will be offered with a six-speed manual as standard.
Just like the current model, some versions will be offered with four-wheel drive. Honda was one of the first car brands to use hybrid technology in its road cars so the possibility of a petrol/electric version shouldn’t be ruled out in the CR-V’s future.
Like the Civic on which it’s based, the next CR-V’s platform will be both lighter and stronger than the outgoing car – this should help to improve handling, comfort and refinement.
The wheelbase – the distance between the front and rear wheels – is expected to increase slightly so interior space, in particular legroom for back seat passengers, should be more generous than the current model. The existing CR-V boasts a decent 589-litre boot and the new model’s luggage space isn’t likely to vary wildly from this figure.
2017 Honda CR-V price and release date
Honda hasn’t announced any official details but, when the CR-V goes on sale in late 2017, we expect it to cost close to £30,000 for entry-level versions rising to nearly £40,000 for range-topping models.
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2017 Honda CR-V price, specs and release date (updated August 2016)
A new Honda CR-V prototype has been spotted completing hot-weather testing in new images courtesy of Auto Guide. These photos also give use our first look at how this new SUV’s interior could look when it goes on sale in 2017. Read on for full details…
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A swirly vinyl wrap covers most of the new CR-V’s bodywork but we can still make out a number of distinct styling features. The slim headlights and double-layered grille look similar to those fitted to the HR-V crossover while the hook-shaped brake lights could have been inspired by those on the stylish Volvo XC90.
Large wheel arches with contrasting black mouldings, similar to the current car, could be fitted to make the CR-V’s boxy SUV body look lighter and more compact. The sharp kink in the rearmost pillar appears to have been carried over from the old car, too.
Interior photos confirm the new CR-V’s cabin will be noticeably different to the current car’s. The two air vents in the centre console have been moved from beside the central display to above it while the heating and air conditioning controls appear to have been updated. The gear selector and steering wheel look new, too.
The infotainment display itself appears unchanged – these photos show the prototype is fitted with a system that uses the same interface and recognisable black and purple background graphics as the current CR-V’s unit.
To our eyes, the system seems to feature Garmin technology which, based on our experience with certain Mercedes and Honda models, isn’t necessarily a good thing. Buyers might be better served using their smartphone’s built-in system.
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2017 Honda CR-V latest news (updated April 2016)
A prototype Honda CR-V has been spotted testing, giving us our first glimpse at what the new 2017 model will look like. These images from Motor Authority show a heavily camouflaged test car on the road for the first time. Read on for everything we know so far.
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The first four generations of the CR-V shared fairly similar styling but this new model seems to have been significantly restyled. The front looks to have been inspired by the Honda Concept D, shown below, while chunky side skirts and wheelarches are typical of many modern SUVs. A prominent feature at the rear are the angular brake lights mounted on the boot lid that extend vertically to the rear spoiler – this helps to give the car a bold and slightly aggressive appearance.
The new CR-V is noticeably larger than the outgoing model and, as a result, it could be offered with a third row of seats. This would allow it to compete with popular seven-seat SUVs such as the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. This feature is likely to be an optional extra, however.
The new car’s chassis is reportedly a lengthened version of the upcoming Civic’s platform that should, thanks to being both lighter and more rigid than the current CR-V, offer better handling, fuel economy and ride comfort.
The new CR-V will probably come with a similar selection of engines as the current Civic, including 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrols and a 1.6-litre diesel. A traditional manual gearbox will most likely be offered alongside a CVT automatic and, although most models will be front-wheel-drive only, four-wheel drive should make an appearance as an optional extra.
New 2017 Honda CR-V price, specs and release date (updated July 2015)
Honda’s CR-V SUV has always sold reasonably well in the UK but not as well as German rivals such as the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. This could change, however, when the Japanese brand releases the new model in 2017.
The outgoing car has recently been facelifted so you can still get great deals on the current Honda CR-V by picking one in our car configurator. Nothing official is known about the new car yet but, thanks to a report by Autocar, we can get our first idea of what to expect.
The headline news is that, with the release of the new compact HR-V crossover, Honda wants to push the CR-V upmarket. It no longer want to compete with the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai but, instead, face-off against the BMW X3 or the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
It’ll achieve this by making the CR-V bigger than the current car and by fitting seven seats as standard in the UK. It’s also likely that the car will feature four-wheel drive for all models to appeal to buyers wanting trouble-free, year-round performance.
There’s no word on what it’ll look like yet but it’ll almost certainly borrow some design aspects from Honda’s Concept D show car (shown above). A brutish yet angular face carries the brand’s logo at the front, while deep character lines give it shape down the sides and at the rear.
We expect it to borrow some design and components from the HR-V’s interior but it should make use of more upmarket materials to appeal to more discerning customers. This means the same touchscreen infotainment system is likely to feature.
Previous models were constructed at Honda’s plant in Swindon but it’s not been confirmed whether this’ll continue for the new version. Canada has been touted as a possible site considering the model’s popularity in North America.
2017 Honda CR-V specs
In the UK, the CR-V could borrow the efficient units fitted to the HR-V meaning a 118hp 1.6-litre diesel or a 128hp 1.5-litre petrol are possible. It’s also possible Honda will fit a version of the larger 2.2-litre diesel from elsewhere in its range or, with the work being done on the NSX supercar, it could even fit a hybrid system.
2017 Honda CR-V price and release date
As mentioned, nothing has been officially confirmed for the 2017 Honda CR-V but we expect it to cost more than the outgoing model to reflect the move upmarket. It could cost from just under £30,000 rising to £45,000 for top-spec versions. We know it’ll arrive in 2017 but Honda has yet to reveal when in the year it’ll go on sale.
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