2017 Honda CR-V spied testing

2017 Honda CR-V spied testing

The new 2017 Honda CR-V has been spied testing in the US this week, some four years since the debut of the current fourth-generation model.

Spied in a surprisingly light layer of camouflage, this final-body prototype of the new 2017 CR-V reveals more than a few key details about its styling.

No surprise that an evolutionary look will feature, with a front-end design that both builds on the current CR-V’s styling while taking cues from the light Jazz hatch and the more recent new Civic range.

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A tall upright face reaches back to large flared guards and a long A-pillar. Few details can be discerned through the centre, although a lightly tapered roofline and a fast-rising rear quarter window stand out.

At the rear, the CR-V’s familiar pillar-length lights now hook into the tailgate, Volvo style, while sharp aero-focused rear quarter panel ends extend into a ridged gate and hand grab space.

The option of a seven-seat layout will reportedly be offered with this new CR-V, and a hybrid variant has also been rumoured.

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Expect the wider range to get a selection of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Launch timing for the new CR-V is still to be revealed, but a late 2016 to early 2017 unveiling could be on the cards.

If so, an Australian market launch could occur in either the first or second half of 2017.

Watch for more on the new CR-V to surface in the months ahead.

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