Next-gen Honda CR-V spied testing for the first time
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Expected to debut in H2 2016.
The current, fourth generation Honda CR-V was introduced at the 2011 LA Auto Show and was unveiled in a facelifted avatar at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Later this year, Honda will introduce the fully redesigned, fifth generation Honda CR-V. Months ahead of its expected debut in the second half of the year, the next-gen Honda CR-V has been spied testing in USA. The spyshots were posted by The HondaPro Show host Jason Richmond on his twitter account.
The test mule seen in the spyshots is wearing production body and lights. The front-end looks to be inspired by that of the tenth generation Honda Civic and features a new trapezoidal grille. The headlamps, although redesigned to be sharper, instantly remind that it’s still a CR-V you’re looking at.
Other spyshots seen over the web show that full LED headlights will be available in the next-gen CR-V. Moving to the sides, it seems like the profile hasn’t changed much. The greenhouse, even in its updated look, is still very much current CR-V-like. At the rear, the sporty new L-shaped tail lights are reminiscent of the Acura Concept SUV-X.
The next-gen Honda CR-V has been confirmed to be based on the tenth-gen Honda Civic’s platform and feature a turbocharged petrol engine. Engine options will likely also include naturally aspirated petrol and turbocharged diesel, with displacements ranging from 1.6- to 2.4-litre. A recent Japanese report says that there will be an option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well, consisting of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in combination with an electric motor. A two-row version will be the standard offering globally, while a three-row version may be offered optionally in some markets.