Honda CR-V might be a popular compact crossover, but in India the car couldn’t get desired success due to the high pricing. First unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this fourth generation Honda CR-V debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Now, the fifth generation test mule of the car has been spotted testing for the first time in US, which indicates the Japanese automaker might take the cover off the vehicle sometime around late 2016. Expect the car to hit the market in 2018 although.
The fifth generation Honda CR-V is based on the tenth generation Honda Civic platform. The front fascia of the car is inspired from the tenth generation Honda Civic, as the spyshots suggests. The headlamps come in a redesigned sharper form with sleek LED daytime running lights integrated, while the front fascia also gets all new trapezoidal grille. The spyshots suggest that the next generation Honda CR-V might get fully LED headlamps. The side profile didn’t change much.
The masculine characteristics are intact. The glass area looks similar t0o the present generation CR-V. The rear profile gets few changes like all new L shaped taillights. The roof spoiler, roof rails, shark fin antenna is visible through the camouflaging. Inside the cabin the fifth generation Honda CR-V might sport few updates. Expect the car to get a three row seating layout. Although the two row seating layout will be on offer as standard, but the three row seating layout will be available in selected markets.
The powertrain of the fifth generation Honda CR-V is expected to come in a new form also. Expect a turbocharged petrol engine to come under the hood of the next generation CR-V. It would get engine options ranging between 1.6 litre to 2.4 litre units. The rumor is that, the next generation Honda CR-V would get a plug in hybrid powertrain as well, which would incorporate a 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine along with an electric motor.