The fourth-generation Honda CR-V has been in the market since 2012 and has already received a slight update for the 2015 model year. Now it appears Honda will soon be rolling out the new-generation CR-V after alleged spy shots of compact crossover were posted online.

The photos were apparently taken in Gahanna, Ohio, which is about 40 minutes away from the company's Marysville plant.

Rear quarter of the alleged 2018 Honda CR-V

Supposedly slated to be a 2018 model year, the next-generation CR-V sports a new exterior design and appears marginally bigger than the current model. The front fascia gets styling cues from both the HR-V and Jazz, with its hexagonal grill, tapered headlights and muscular front bumper. The side profile, on the other hand, has defined wheel arches that house new alloy wheels.

Meanwhile, the rear still gets the vertical taillights, along with additional stoplight trim which is fitted on the tailgate itself. Also seen are dual exhausts, new tailgate and what appears to be a roof-mounted spoiler.

Closeup front quarter view of the purported 2018 Honda CR-V

With the apparent increase in size, this could signify that the fifth-generation CR-V may be offered with seven seats. In our previous report, the automaker was supposedly testing it on a modified fourth-generation CR-V. Honda UK boss Leon Brenna even stated that the upcoming CR-V will indeed be bigger and can seat seven. It will not be offered to the US market however according to Honda insiders.

Source: Autoguide