Honda’s fifth generation CR-V crossover has been spied several times in the recent several months, so we think there is really big possibility to see the redesigned model in early 2017. Yes, all testing models are still camouflaged, but the covers are thinner and thinner, and most of the new details are very obvious. Moreover, we already know every single detail that will have the 2018 Honda CR-V. Except of the all-new exterior, the fast-selling crossover will also get a totally new architecture and new drivetrain. However, the biggest change is hidden inside because the Japanese car manufacturer plans to add one more row and offer seating for seven for the first time. So if you have big family, you won’t have to buy the oversized Pilot anymore – the 2018 CR-V will be enough without any doubt.
2018 Honda CR-V: New Chassis and Engines
The platform will be all-new, but not specially made for the new generation CR-V. The crossover will rather get the Civic’s modular underpinnings, which will also use the next Accord. The chassis is highly stretchable, so the 2018 CR-V should feature at least three additional inches of the wheelbase.
The popular SUV is also getting a new engine, which will likely feature a turbocharged technology. The 1.5-liter mill will be also borrowed from the new Civic, so don’t expect anything less than 174 horsepower. Some markets will also get another turbo engine, but don’t expect this in North America. It’s the new 1.6-liter turbodiesel, which will be in charge for the impressive fuel economy. However, the US drivers are not crazy about the oil-burners, so the carmaker won’t make that risk. In any case, the next generation CR-V will definitely offer at least one more gasoline option, yet we are not so sure which one. This will be either an upgraded 2.0-liter engine or the current, but revised 2.4-liter mill. At the moment, the 2.4-liter engine produces 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, yet the carmaker could boost both figures close to 200.
There is no word about any hybrid or plug-in hybrid model, but this doesn’t mean that Honda won’t make it. However, we think it will not come right away, but in 2019.
The crossover will get several transmission options, which also depends of the markets. The overseas models will feature the standard six-speed manual and optional nine-speed auto gearbox, while the US CR-V will continue with continuously variable automatic transmission, and maybe the optional 9-speed. In both cases, the front-wheel drive will be standard and all-wheel drive optional.
Redesign Details and Improvements
Judging by the spy shots we have, the redesigned 2018 Honda CR-V will be different from its predecessor, but it will keep the distinctive look. From our point of view, the new design is rather evolutionary than revolutionary, because the future crossover stays recognizable. However, the front end styling sports more aggressive look with a restyled grille and a bit longer hood. The headlights seem to be stolen from Acura, which is good deal. Still, the most evident change is vehicle’s new stance that’s more crossover-looking and less minivan. Around back, the 218 CR-V appears to have no or gets minimal change. We can notice a bit redesigned hatch and nothing more. The taillights and exhaust pipe styling are unchanged at the moment.
The interior design is still the biggest mystery, however the new CEO Takahiro Hachigo hinted what we can expect. According to him, we can expect a higher level of quality and a number of technology improvements inside. Of course, the biggest change is the optional third row of seating that will make this compact crossover even more popular without any doubt.
Estimated Price and Arrival
Like we said before, the 2018 Honda CR-V will come next year, possibly in the first quarter. The starting price will stay very low, so don’t expect anything over $25,000. Of course, the range-topping Touring model could cost over $35K.