The CR-V has been one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market for years and the current generation is no exception. Although it’s five years old, it still marks pretty impressive numbers, which make it the second best-selling SUV in the world, behind the RAV4. However, Honda wants to keep things fresh and as a result, the new generation is already under development. According to the latest reports, it will hit the market in the second half of this year, as the 2023 Honda CR-V.
At this point, the test mule still wears a heavy camouflage. However, even though the styling is still a mystery, we know a lot about the new model, starting from the growth in size, potentially new powertrain options and similar things. Still, the best word to describe the new model is evolution, as we won’t be seeing anything radical in the upcoming CR-V.
2023 Honda CR-V Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Honda CR-V will bring mostly evolutionary changes. Simply, the current generation still makes great sales numbers and, more importantly, it feels competitive in every aspect. Of course, good things shouldn’t be changed, and Honda will certainly stick with that philosophy.
In other words, the overall layout will remain pretty much the same. The ride quality should remain similar to the current model, which offers a good balance between comfort and athleticism. Of course, the architecture will, once again, be shared with the new Civic and among all the benefits, electrification is one of the first things that come to mind. The new 2023 Honda CR-V will continue in with a hybrid powertrain in the offer, while we also count on a PHEV version, while the all-electric CR-V should come one day as well.
When it comes to the exterior design, one of the first things we should talk about is the size. Although the current model offers plenty of space, both for passengers and cargo, we presume that the new generation will get even bigger. The first thing that comes to mind is the wheelbase, which should be notably longer. Other dimensions should grow as well. Furthermore, we also expect to see a three-row version on the offer, with a stretched wheelbase.
On the other hand, the styling is still a mystery. Simply, the test mule still wears a camouflage. Of course, there’s no doubt that the new 2023 Honda CR-V will be fitted to the brand’s new design language. What’s more interesting is the vehicle’s overall shape, which looks a little bit different compared to the current model. The hood seems a little bit longer, which will make this SUV look sportier, we believe. We expect that the test model will take its cover off soon.
The inside of the 2023 Honda CR-V should bring big novelties as well. At this point, we don’t know the details, but things should be notably different compared to the current model. The current cabin features pretty good build quality but somehow, the dashboard looks less fancy than the ones found in rivals. That’s why we expect more attention to detail in the new model. Most likely, the dashboard will look pretty similar to the one found in the 11th generation Civic.
As we’ve already mentioned, the new model will probably grow in size, which would provide additional interior space. Still, we don’t expect to see anything significant, considering that the current generation is already pretty impressive in this aspect. A new thing that’s expected is a three-row version, with a longer wheelbase. This means that the CR-V will also enter the small group of compact crossovers with three rows, where you can currently find just two modes – VW Tiguan and Mitsubishi Outlander.
2023 Honda CR-V Engines
When it comes to the standard gasoline version, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model. The 2023 Honda CR-V should also come standard with the 1.5-liter turbo-four, which currently puts out around 190 horsepower. Of course, there’s always a chance to see a slight power boost. The hybrid model could also come without significant changes, with the system based on a 2.0-liter inline-four. Once again, we could see a little bit more power compared to the current model, which puts out around 212 horses.
The 2023 Honda CR-V won’t stop on these two powertrain options. We also count on a plug-in hybrid version. Although the officials are still quiet, we presume that this version could use a similar system to the one that powers Honda Clarity, which is based on a 1.5-liter engine. More details should come soon.
Finally, we expect to see the all-electric version of the CR-V one day, but probably only in a couple of years.
2023 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Honda CR-V will hit the market sometime in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars.