A new Honda CR-V is on the way later this year, and we already have a good idea of what the new compact SUV could look like thanks to patent renderings that leaked online in February. Now China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which handles new vehicle regulations and certifications, has released real images of what appears to be the new 2023 Honda CR-V, showing off a new design that mirrors what we saw in the previous leak and in an earlier artist render we put together. Is this the CR-V that we will also have in the United States?
The images leave a lot to be desired – there aren’t many points for styling here – but they appear to show the major updates coming to the next-gen Honda CR-V, at least for the Chinese market. There’s an overall redesign that looks to us like a wider version of the HR-V’s recently debuted body style, with redesigned front and rear bumpers, new taillights and apparently two different mirror options, one with the “lanewatch” technology for the blind – spot tracking.
The translated image captions also appear to describe a surround-view camera and front parking sensors, which are shown in the images. There are also two different wheel designs pictured that don’t appear to match the wheels currently available on the CR-V on Honda’s US website.
Engine1 also obtained more details from the Chinese government website, listing the new CR-V at 185.1 inches long and 73.4 inches wide, weighing 3,714 pounds, compared to the current US CR-V at 182 .1 inches long, 73 inches wide, and up to 3,455 pounds (for AWD model). Two vehicles were shown; a five-seat layout with all-wheel drive and a seven-seat layout without AWD.
The Chinese government’s website unfortunately didn’t upload any interior images, but we can make some educated guesses as to what should come to the new US CR-V when it debuts this year. As we’ve pointed out before, it’s likely the US CR-V will get an interior upgrade on par with the recent Honda Civic update, including a larger, rear-mounted infotainment screen. dashboard. As seen above, the new CR-V is expected to grow slightly larger to accommodate third-row seats, which would position it better against rivals like the Kia Sorento and VW Tiguan.
As for horsepower, expect the US CR-V to retain current offerings, likely with modified updates. That would include the current base 1.5-liter turbo I-4 engine and a 2.0-liter I-4 for the hybrid model, and it’s possible we’ll finally get a plug-in hybrid variant with this generation, maybe later down the road, like Bien. All models will likely be paired with a CVT. New additions, like third-row seats and a plug-in hybrid option, would better position the CR-V, currently the second best-selling compact crossover in the United States, over the Toyota Rav4 which currently holds the top spot.