The Honda CR-V is one of the pioneers of the crossover market; the first model being released as far back as 1995. The next generation will be the fifth gen CR-V, for more than twenty years, Honda have been at the forefront of the sector.
The next generation of CR-V, the 2018 Honda, is expected to be an overall upgrade on the existing model, a little more solid and higher quality finish.
It is thought that the size will increase, making it a true seven seater, and talk of a front wheel drive only model is probably a little wide of the mark, although no confirmed specifications have yet been released.
The new CR-V will incorporate some of the design elements from the smaller HRV, but it is still unmistakably 2018 CR-V Honda.
The first spy shots show that the grille is bigger, different headlights and redesigned tail lights.
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2018 Honda CR-V release date
Details of the 2018 CR-V were first released back in 2015, 2018 Honda CR-V latest news claim that the all-new 2018 CR-V should see the dealerships toward the end of 2017.
Release date: late 2017
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2018 CR-V price
Details are scarce, but given the increase in size to a seven seater, and the overall quality upgrade, it is expected that the new CR-V will be at least $4,000 more expensive than the current model.
2018 Honda CR-V redesign
The design of the exterior of the new CR-V is similar to the existing model; while it has been updated, you can see styling influences of the current model – large front fender and grille in particular. However, the new model also gets full LED headlights and restyled rear lights, all on a body that is 3.1” longer, which makes the Honda look a little more solid and heavier.
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2018 Honda CR-V interior
The interior of the CR-V should be a significant upgrade over the current model. Honda have said that the quality of the finishing materials will be higher but they’re also incorporating full-color instrument panel, advanced media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, powered front seats with heating, ventilation and massage function, heated and ventilated rear seats, three-zone climate control and powered tailgate.
First 2018 Honda CR-V reviews from test drivers shows that interior quality has largely improved, along with the increased legroom for the second row passengers. 2018 Honda CR-V Touring trim level received more additional equipment for comfort and safety.
2018 Honda CR-V specs
At the base of the fifth generation CR-V is a brand new modular platform, that has already been the basis of the new Civic. This new platform is lighter and stronger than the current model, thanks to the use of ultra-high strength steel.
The wheelbase has also grown, now up to 106.2” which means the new CR-V 2018 will be available in both 5 and 7 seat versions. As you’d expect from Honda, there are masses of safety features fitted as standard; 9 airbags and the Honda Sensing system which incorporates Adaptive cruise control & low-speed follow, Road Departure Mitigation and Collision Mitigation Braking.
New Honda CR-V 2018 video
2018 Honda CR-V engines
According to sources, the new CR-V will be equipped with naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines, both gasoline and diesel. There is also talk of a brand new hybrid version of the 2018 CRV.
Gasoline engines for the new generation of 2018 Honda CR-V:
2.0 i-VTEC (165 BHP) with a 6 speed manual or CVT
2.4 i-VTEC Earth Dreams (190 BHP) with the CVT
1.5 VTEC Turbo Earth Dreams (175 BHP) mated to a new generation CVT
Diesel engines for 2018 Honda CR-V:
Diesel 1.6 i-DTEC (120 BHP) with a 6 speed manual and 1.6 i-DTEC (160 BHP) with 9-speed automatic transmission.
The hybrid version of the crossover will include a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors (one for each axle).
Standard drive 2WD front-wheel drive, an optional all-wheel drive 4WD.
The appearance of 2018 Honda CR-V hybrid is not yet disclosed.
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2018 Honda CR-V images