With Honda expanding their seven seat lineup, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region, it would appear that the Japanese automaker is considering adding an extra row of seats to the next generation CR-V. Spy photographers were able to spot a heavily disguised test mule using some of the current model's panels.

Earlier this year, Honda's new President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo made an official statement saying that the Accord and CR-V will undergo major changes in the future. He adds that the said models will feature “new technologies, higher competitiveness and innovative designs”. Honda's UK chief Leon Brannan added that the fifth generation CR-V will be bigger and come with seven seat capacity standard. However, Honda insiders have said that the three-row CR-V will not make it to the US market.

Updated last year, an all-new model is expected to be unveiled in 2017. From the spy photo, one will notice the rear door being noticeably longer than the ones found in the current model. The crossover also appears to be longer, perhaps to accommodate the extra row of seats. 

The 2017 CR-V will extend Honda's seven seat lineup. Honda's three row offerings consist of the Mobilio, Pilot and the recently debuted BR-V. Making the CR-V bigger and adding an extra row of seats will also differentiate it from the HR-V even further with the Civic-based crossover moving up in the market.

Souce: Automotive News