The CR-V has been a market leader for quite some time but newer offerings like the RAV4 or the Escape managed to put a dent in Honda’s sales. In order to get back on track, they decided that it might be time for a new model. While not official up to this point, only a couple of months ago models of the upcoming 2018 Honda CRV have been seen testing on the open roads and it looks quite promising.
2018 Honda CRV Price and Release date
Like before, the new CRV is still likely going to cost between roughly $25,000 and $35,000 for a top end version. However, pretty much everything else should change and the car will most likely become what it was always supposed to be a true premium compact crossover. We can expect new CR-V model available on the market by the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018.
Platform and Running gear
The new CRV 2018 will most likely be based on the same platform as the new Civic. Honda’s new modular architecture will definitely allow for a lighter and more rigid car than before. While it will not be identical to the Civic considering that it will need an all wheel drive system, the new CRV should be quite similar to it in terms of suspension. These are great news as the new Civic is quite a bit better in terms of driving characteristics and comfort.
How will it look?
The upcoming 2018 Honda CRV seems to be quite a bit different than the older model. For starters, the camouflaged model spied a while ago featured a more mature look, more similar to what the Pilot has. Also, while it is not clear so far, the new model might be slightly larger than before. In fact, many suggested that it could share its wheelbase with the new Civic Sedan which features four inches longer wheelbase than before. This should allow the CR-V to accommodate its passengers with more available space and it could also allow Honda to build an optional seven-seat version, basically a cheaper Pilot. It is worth mentioning though that the seven-seat version is just a rumor at this point.
What about the interior?
So far the people who photographed the camouflaged model didn’t manage to get a good glimpse of its interior because it was covered quite well. However, we are quite sure the new CRV has a very similar cabin to the new Civic. This is quite obvious from the placement of the center-mounted LCD screen as well as its instrument cluster. However, while the dashboard will likely be the same or at least similar, the rest of the cabin will be new. We expect the CRV to be larger than before and it should also offer better materials. A seven-seat version has also been rumored for some time and it might even be released considering some of its competitors already have such as an option.
2018 Honda CRV Engine
The current model of the car features a 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 engine which is expected to be discontinued. In its place, we might see the same 1.5 liters turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine as in the new Civic. In its little brother, the engine currently makes 174 horsepower which is down on the 185 horsepower of the current CRV. However, the engine might be tuned accordingly in order to offer more low-end torque and possibly more power as well. Also, while a manual is available on the Civic, the 2018 Honda CRV will most likely only be offered with a CVT gearbox which is preferred by its usual buyers. Other engine choices could include Honda’s new 2-liter turbocharged mill which is expected to be found on the Civic Si with roughly 230 horsepower. This engine could be offered with the seven-seat version of the CRV which could do with more power and torque.