Speaking with Autocar, Honda UK’s Leon Brannan reportedly said the next CR-V would be larger in size while offering more premium features.
Expected to arrive in 2017, the next CR-V could also expand to a standard seven-seat layout while also offering standard all-wheel-drive – at least in the UK market.
The reason for the size-boost in the CR-V is to put some additional distance between it and the smaller HR-V SUV, while Honda reportedly believes standard AWD could attract buyers away from the Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
2015 Honda HR-V
“CR-V is a massive pillar for us,” Mr Brannan said. “I’m not sure that HR-V in the UK will ever become a four-wheel-drive car – most people in this segment will vote with their feet and buy two-wheel-drive. So if we can assume that HR-V will ever only be 2WD, then you’ve got to proposition [with CR-V].”
The next CR-V is expected to feature some of the kit introduced in the new HR-V model, including interior layout and an upgraded infotainment system.
In Australia, the HR-V fits into the small SUV class, according to the FCAI, while the CR-V is classed as a medium SUV. The HR-V outsold the CR-V last month by 198 units.