When the all-new Honda CR-V was first revealed last month, we were impressed by its sleeker looks, bigger dimensions, and new Civic-like dashboard. We also liked that it comes with two engine options; a 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC that makes 190 PS with 243 Nm of torque, and a 2.0-liter hybrid system that puts out 204 PS and 335 Nm of torque.
Since it's already available in the US market, it might not be long before its arrival in Southeast Asia. In fact, a camouflaged prototype was spotted in Thailand last June on public roads, which means we could expect its regional launch sometime this year or the next.
What we weren't expecting, however, is that it will have a twin in China with a different name. That's right, there are two compact crossovers from Honda that are available over at the People's Republic, the regular CR-V made by Honda Dongfeng and the all-new Breeze that's produced by Honda GAC. So how does the Honda Breeze differ from the Honda CR-V?
For starters, the Breeze has a more conservative face compared to the CR-V's sportier design. It comes with a smaller grille along with a wider lower air intake. The LED headlights, on the other hand, are more elongated and not as aggressive. The body cladding on the wheels are also body-painted instead of black which gives it a more premium look.
Around the back, the signature L-shaped LED taillights from the CR-V have been replaced by horizontal units with gloss black elements. As for the tailgate itself, the license plate holder sits lower than the CR-V's while the rear bumper is body color-painted which further accentuates its more premium design.
Interior photos of the 2023 Breeze are not yet available. However, just like the Honda ZR-V is also related to the USDM HR-V, we won't be surprised if it will have the same Civic-like dashboard as the CR-V over in the US.
The 2023 Honda Breeze is expected to make its official debut in the next few months. With that, perhaps the Philippine market will also get the CR-V soon. But until Honda Thailand officially launches it (which Honda Cars PH sources the CR-V), we still have to wait for the official word.