Honda is reportedly planning to bring out the next generation of its CR-V soft-roader in 2017.
The product received a facelift almost 2 years ago. Honda is looking to replace the model at around the three-year mark. Hence, they have begun testing on the new Honda CR-V, which the company believes will be a huge improvement over the current vehicle. This is likely to be down to rumors that Honda will be using an entirely new platform to build the 2017 Honda CR-V. Hence, this vehicle will no longer offer only five seats; a crucial third row of seats will bring the seating capacity to eight.
This offers an entirely new dimension to the Honda CR-V, which can also now be looked upon as a people carrier. There are already a number of 7 seaters in the market like the Hyundai Sante Fe, Kia Sorento, and Nissan X-Trail. Honda is looking to make this change by increasing the wheelbase of the vehicle by 80 mm. This will increase the overall length by 50 mm.
The range of engine options is likely to be interesting, since European versions may come with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC turbo gas and an all-new 1.6-liter diesel motor. A modified 2.0-liter gas engine is also in the pipeline for the vehicle. It has now been confirmed that Honda will not be bringing the plug-in hybrid to Europe as expected. There will be the regular hybrid just as it is today. The models will start with just front wheel drive on offer and it will be mated to a six speed gearbox.
Top end models will feature a nine speed automatic gearbox to power the front and rear wheels.
The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found on the Honda Civic is expected to be used on the North American models. The engine produces around 175 HP, while users looking for more power will still be able to go for the top of the range 2.4-liter motor. If the Honda CR-V is set to come in any hybrid version, the United States will surely get this option.
It is expected that the new 2017 Honda CR-V will hit the markets towards the end of 2017. The Honda CR-V has enjoyed tremendous popularity in the United States. A whopping 345,000 cars were sold in 2015 helping it achieve the tag as the bestselling SUV in North America.