Will the next-gen Honda CR-V have the Civic's 1.5 Turbo?

The fifth-generation Honda CR-V has been in the market for about six years now. And what that means is the compact crossover may be due for an all-new model.

Back in February, a rumored patent image of the next-generation CR-V leaked online and gave us an idea of what the upcoming model would look like. And now, three months later, we may be looking at a production-ready model of the sixth-generation Honda CR-V.

Leaked: Are you the all-new Honda CR-V? image

Posted by Chinese online publication autohome, the sixth-generation CR-V looks exactly like the patent image leaked last February. They also revealed the all-new CR-V is now 4703mm long, 1866mm wide, and 1680mm tall. In comparison to the fifth-generation model, the new one is 80mm longer, 11mm wider, and 12mm taller. Furthermore, the wheelbase has been stretched from 2662mm to 2701mm.

Design-wise, the upper part of the front fascia resembles the HR-V with its slim headlights and inverted trapezoid grille, while the side intakes remind us of the all-new Civic. Other noticeable details are the larger windows on the side that looks more like a third-generation BMW X5. In addition, the body looks more upright compared to the fifth-generation model. Like before, the black cladding on the lower edges and wheel arches complete the side profile.

Leaked: Are you the all-new Honda CR-V? image

Over at the back, you'll notice the L-shaped taillights are still there, but they're slimmer than before. And lastly, the all-new model is now sporting twin-tip exhausts like the Civic and the turbo variant of the HR-V, which gives us a major hint on what's under the hood of the sixth-generation CR-V.

The badge at the back says 240 Turbo. And for us, that could be an indicator that the Chinese market CR-V is powered by the same 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder from the Civic and HR-V. Why? Because that powerplant puts out 178 PS, and wait for it, 240 Nm of torque. The turbo engine gave the Civic and HR-V a pep in their step. But since the CR-V is bigger and heavier, it will be interesting to see how the 1.5 turbo performs with the compact crossover.

Leaked: Are you the all-new Honda CR-V? image

Also, the diesel engine may be dropped due to cost and environment issues, as Honda is moving towards a cleaner, and not to mention, electric future. Having a gasoline engine also makes sense for the new model, as Honda could possibly package the CR-V with all the Honda Sensing features and achieve competitive pricing compared to the diesel.

As of now, Honda Cars Philippines has yet to make announcements about the next-generation CR-V, as they've just finished launching the HR-V. But when they do, we'll be sure to let you know.