The CR-V is Honda’s second most popular vehicle, and its sales have constantly been growing since 2009. The compact crossover saw a slight decline in sales in 2008, but it managed to recover quickly. It has been manufactured since 1995 and the fifth generation debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, while the sales began in December same year. The newest generation is based on the same platform as Civic, and more than 50% of the body is made of high-strength steel. The 2019 Honda CR-V is going to be part of the same generation and, despite many think it is too early to talk about it, we decided to give it a go.
2019 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
There are no reliable details about the release date of the 2019 Honda CR-V. We can tell you for sure when it should be launched. Thus we will wait for the official information. On the other hand, there will be no surprises in terms of price. The LX is the base model, and it is going to cost around $25,000 while the price of the top model won’t exceed $33,000.
With the introduction of the 2017 model, the fifth generation was finally released. With this generation, Honda is planning to increase sales of the CR-V and outpace the Accord. The market may seem saturated since many car manufacturers entered it. The most notable competitors are Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5. Both Japanese and American car manufacturers have a significant share of the market thus it is hard to say which one of them is the leader. Everyone is still waiting for the sales figures from the last year to see which compact crossover SUV was the most popular.
The new generation came with two different engines: a turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder with direct injection and a 2.4-liter. They both produce around 185 horsepower, but power different trim levels. The 2.4l can be found in LX trim, while the other one powers the EX, EX-L and Touring trims. Allegedly, the 2019 Honda CR-V will inherit these two engines and there should be one more added to the lineup.
It is highly possible that new CR-V will get a plug-in hybrid. The vehicle should get a combination of a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder and two electric motors. At this moment the power, torque and towing capacity of such engine remains unknown. Honda has neither confirmed nor denied such allegations thus we need to wait for the official announcement. When it comes to the transmission system, there are no surprises. The Japanese compact crossover will get either a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. Driving modes also remained the same. All trims should have FWD while only the top trim is going to have AWD option.
2019 Honda CR-V Design
Last year the CR-V was heavily redesigned. The hood was longer, wider, and it got muscular fenders. The new body gave the vehicle confident handling and additional ground clearance. To tell you the truth it is early to talk about modifications and refreshments of the Honda CR-V 2019, but there are already some speculations on the Web. It expected that new model would be sportier and more aggressive than the current one. Also, it is going to get a new large grille and the front bumper.
It will share lots of features with Acura, Accord and Civic. Headlights will be the same as Acura’s, while the chassis takes after Civic. When it comes to the interior, there are no expected changes. The whole cabin should remain the same as it is. Perhaps we may see tech updates, but that would be all. Currently, the CR-V features a seven-inch touchscreen with a system that operates Apple CarPlay, Android Vehicle and navigation system.