Next-gen Honda CR-V snapped with long wheelbase and 7 seats - Report

07/12/2015 - 15:54 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Will get a 4WD system as standard.

Honda has started tests of the next generation CR-V in North America. Seen here is a prototype which wears the bodyshell of the current generation model, but the longer wheelbase is an obvious giveaway.

2017 Honda CR-V with 7 seats spied
The 7-seat configuration will be part of the standard offering.

In July this year, Honda UK's, chief Leon Brannan confirmed to Autocar UK that the next generation CR-V will be larger in size, and that it can be expected in 2017. The official also hinted that the fifth generation of the popular nameplate would get 7 seats and a 4WD system as standard.

Not much is known about the 2017 Honda CR-V's platform, however, the Autocar UK report stated that engine options would be carried over from the current generation model. The current CR-V is available in Europe with the four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine and the 1.6-liter four-cylinder i-DTEC diesel engine. Additionally, Honda could also offer one of its VTEC Turbo engines on the SUV.

Honda CR-V (facelift) dashboard at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show
The 2017 CR-V could also receive one of the VTEC Turbo engines, possibly the 1.5-liter unit found on the 2016 Civic.

The 7-seat Honda CR-V, according to the report, would rival the likes of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, which too gets the flexible option of 5+2 seating.

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For the Indian market, Honda Cars India continues to sell the pre-facelift version of the CR-V, with choices of a 2.0- or 2.4-liter i-VTEC petrol engine matched to manual and automatic transmissions. The next generation 7-seater version would certainly increase the SUV's competitiveness, as its rivals (Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford Endeavour) offer the convenience of seven seats.

[Source - AutocarUK and Autonews]

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