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.
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.
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.
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.