Honda may have discontinued the CR-V in India, but the SUV continues to be a strong seller for the brand in markets such as North America and Europe as well as its home market, Japan. The current fifth-generation CR-V was introduced globally in 2016, and was followed by a mid-life makeover in 2019.
Honda has begun work on the replacement for the fifth-gen CR-V, although the company has been tight-lipped about the new-gen SUV. A patent design image of what is likely the next-gen CR-V has now surfaced online, giving us a preview of the design of the new SUV.
- New CR-V to get fresh Honda design cues
- Technical details for the new CR-V are currently unknown
- Next-gen CR-V will sit above a new Civic-based SUV that's in the works
Next-gen Honda CR-V: what does the patent image reveal?
The sixth-gen CR-V's exterior styling seems to be a complete departure from the fifth-gen, which was also the last version of the SUV on sale in India. The new CR-V will adopt a much more upright and somewhat boxier silhouette, and is also expected to be a size larger than the current CR-V.
The front end of the new-gen CR-V gets Honda’s newer SUV family look, similar to what we have seen on the new HR-V as well as the RS midsize SUV concept that was unveiled late last year. Compared to the outgoing CR-V, the nose is flatter and a lot more upright and it gets a new hexagonal grille with a honeycomb mesh pattern. Flanking the grille are sleek headlamps that are connected by a slim strip above the grille, likely finished in chrome. Furthermore, the front bumper features a wide central air intake, L-shaped creases and some plastic cladding, adding a rugged appeal.
In profile, the next-gen CR-V adopts a very clean and sophisticated approach with just a single character line below the glasshouse, which, in turn, has a sharper outline than before. It gets more plastic cladding over the door sills and wheel arches and can be seen riding on rather simple five-spoke alloy wheels. While the patent image does not reveal the rear of the SUV, the new CR-V will continue with the high-mounted tail lamps, just like the current model.
Next-gen Honda CR-V: powertrain details
As of now, there are no specific details on what could be powering the next-gen CR-V. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine from the current CR-V could be carried forward to the new model. Overseas, the CR-V is also available with a 212hp, 2.0-litre petrol-hybrid engine with a twin-electric motor setup, which could also be carried forward. This engine, in fact, was also offered on the now-discontinued Honda Accord in India. Honda could also offer the 1.5-litre petrol engine with Honda’s e:HEV mild-hybrid technology, similar to what’s offered on the HR-V.
Honda’s SUV plans for India
While Honda is readying the new CR-V and a Civic-based SUV for the overseas markets, the brand is working on a new Creta-rivalling SUV for our country, although it is still some time away and expected to debut only in 2023. Late last year, Honda had unveiled the City-based RS midsize SUV concept in Indonesia, and while that concept is believed to preview Honda’s upcoming Creta rival, we are yet to hear officially from Honda about the same.
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