The all-new sixth-generation Honda CR-V has been unveiled by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, with the design fully unveiled ahead of its upcoming launch this year. In all likelihood, the 2023 CR-V will look the same in the rest of the world, as you can see from our spy shots of North American prototype models.
Photos from the SUV confirm that we saw an alleged patent filing a few months ago and in our own spy shots from last year. The front end is where the most changes occur, with a longer bonnet, slimmer LED headlights, a larger grille and a cleaner design for the bumper. The profile is inherited from a horizontal character line and a similar surface to the small HR-V with an evolutionary shape for the windowline.
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On the back, the CR-V model’s signature holds L-shaped taillights that extend towards the rear windscreen. In the new generation of cars, they have been given some redesign, which is similar to the Volvo XC60 and has lost the chrome trim element. The license plate holder has been moved higher, but the larger tailgate has been kept offering a lower loading area. Finally, the turbo-badged variant of the photo has dual tailpipe on the rear bumper, although this may be different in the electrified model.
Speaking of powertrains, Chinese buyers will get an ICE-only version of the CR-V with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 190 hp (142 kW / 193 PS). A CVT gearbox transmits power to the front (FWD) or four wheels (AWD). We expect a few hybrid variants, including the e: HEV badge. One of them must combine a 2.0-liter engine with a dual electric motor – such as the current CR-V e: HEV – while a new plug-in hybrid variant is rumored to be in the works. CR-V e: HEV will be the only powertrain alternative in Europe, where Honda has electrified its entire range. North America will get both ICE-powered and hybrid variants, with Honda 50/50 guns for sale mix.
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According to the spec sheet we have, the Chinese-spec CR-V measures 4,703 mm (185.1 inches) long, 1,866 mm (73.4 inches) wide and 1,680 mm (inches) or 1,690 mm (66.5 inches) long. Trimming makes it 80mm (3.1 inches) long and 11mm (0.4 inches) wider than its predecessor, with exactly the same height. The wheelbase also increased by 41 mm (1.6 inches) to 2,701 mm (106.3 inches), which should translate to a slightly Rumier cabin, including the five-seater and, possibly, the seven-seater variant.
Although we haven’t seen the interior yet, the CR-V will probably get a new digital instrument cluster and a larger infotainment touchscreen, which will make it more attractive to buyers than its predecessor launched in 2016. With the new Civic, the design of the dashboard is expected to be minimal with the horizontal line. Finally, an array of ADAS systems from the latest Honda sensing suite will bring the SUV up to par.
The new Honda CR-V is expected to make its debut in the coming months, next year. In addition to China, which will be closely linked by Dongfeng Honda’s CR-V and Guangxi Honda, the SUV will roll out in Europe, Australia and North America. We don’t know if Honda plans to offer a different design for each market, but we suspect that any changes may be too small, possibly limited to trimming.