Honda has a busy year ahead as it plans to release revised versions of its CR-V, HR-V and Pilot crossovers.
The automaker looked through new HR-V in April, and now we have a first look at the new CR-V. These leaked photos were discovered Motor1 on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, and give a clear view of the design of the future sixth generation CR-V.
The new CR-V is expected to appear as a 2023 model, has an attractive but unsuitable design. It is also larger than the model it replaces, has a length of 185.1 inches versus 182.1 inches of the current model. This is very important as in some markets CR-Vs are offered with the option of third row seats.
Leak 2023 Honda CR-V – Photo: Motor1
It is unclear what Honda has planned for the transmission line. However, it is likely that the base version of the 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged CR-V will be moved along with the hybrid unit that was just added in 2020. The hybrid installation relies on a 2.0-liter native-4. In both cases, a continuously variable transmission is installed. Buyers should be able to choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Although there is a lot of competition in small crossovers, including from luxury brands, the CR-V still remains the best seller. The current model has averaged more than 350,000 annual sales in the U.S. alone since its arrival in 2017, and even given Covid’s manufacturing failures and limitations, 361,271 units were sold last year.