New Honda CR-V revealed ahead of 2017 UK launch

New Honda CR-V – front three quarter

This is the all-new Honda CR-V. Revealed in Detroit, the SUV will initially go on sale in North America later this year before it makes the trip across the Atlantic to UK showrooms. No official UK release date for the CR-V has been announced but we can expect it to arrive towards the end of 2017.

The new CR-V will follow a similar path to the recently launched Civic hatchback, which was first introduced to North America before landing in the UK. Like the Civic, the CR-V will make the switch to the UK virtually unchanged, so the car you see in the images is the car we’ll get next year – you’ll just have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on it.

Over the outgoing model, visual changes are subtle but the overall length of the SUV has increased. The newly designed front end features a new headlamp design with LED daytime running lights and reshaped front bumper, while round the back new taillamps now stretch onto the tailgate.

New Honda CR-V – rear three quarter

Honda has also added a new hands free tailgate, plus fitted a new Automatic Shutter Grille system, which is claimed to help lower aerodynamic drag.

Inside, Honda claims the CR-V now boasts the best rear seat legroom in its class, while upgraded materials, a new soft touch instrument panel and seven-inch infotainment system which features Garmin navigation have also been introduced. The system is now compatible with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto.

The CR-V is also based on a new chassis, one that is likely to be a stretched version of the platform used on the new Civic. The new chassis is a lot stiffer than previous car’s running gear so should go some way to improving response and comfort levels, but the SUV remains a five-seater. The suspension setup comprises front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link arrangement which feature low-friction dampers.

New Honda CR-V – interior

The only engines which Honda has confirmed are US specific. They include a 187bhp 1.5-litre turbo along with a naturally aspirated 182bhp 2.4-litre petrol. When the SUV arrives in the UK we can expect the engine lineup to mirror that of the Civic, that means the 1.5-litre turbo should be offered along with a revised 1.6-litre diesel later down the line. It’s unclear whether the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo will make an appearance but give the size and weight of the CR-V it’s unlikely.

Both of the US spec engines are paired with a CVT auto, but a six-speed manual and nine-speed auto should be offered to UK buyers. Front and all-wheel drive versions of the CR-V will be offered. 

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