Next-gen Honda CR-V spied testing for the first time

21/04/2016 - 14:28 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

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.

Next-gen Honda CR-V test mule
The fifth generation Honda CR-V will be based on the tenth generation Honda Civic's platform.

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.

Next-gen Honda CR-V rear three quarters spy shot
The next-gen Honda CR-V may have a three-row version as well.

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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.

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