Recently, the Eu-spec version of the sixth-generation Honda CR-V was unveiled, with only hybrid (e:HEV) and plug-in hybrid (e:PHEV) engine options. In addition to the completely electric e:Ny1 and the hybrid ZR-V, Honda's first plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) for the European market made its debut during a media event at its R&D facility located in Offenbach, Germany. It's not surprising that the European Honda CR-V resembles the US-spec version of the car, which debuted in July 2022. The e:HEV variants can be distinguished from the e:PHEV versions, thanks to subtle modifications to the bumper trim, a slightly different grille, and distinctive emblems. The charging port on the front fender of the latter further sets it apart from the former. We'll get down to the car's powertrain details in a moment, but let's begin with a look at its design and interior features.
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2023 Honda CR-V: Exterior
The new CR-V keeps the overall design of its predecessor but gets a new eye-catching front fascia with a wide aggressive grille and two modern headlamps. Each of the two available engine variants in Europe will have a unique grille style. The rear of the car features fewer modifications than the front compared to the previous generation CR-V, with the taillights keeping their basic form but getting new interior graphics. The fact that the new CR-V has expanded in every dimension is also significant. The crossover is longer, taller, and wider for the 2023 model year, all of which translates into more passenger space inside. Further, the 1.6-inch larger wheelbase provides 0.6-inch added legroom at the back and up to 18 per cent more luggage space, based on the configuration.
2023 Honda CR-V: Interior Details
The inside likewise appears to be relatively familiar, but Honda claims that the use of better-quality materials gives it a luxurious appearance. The model has a 12-speaker Bose sound system, a dual-zone climate control system, a bigger 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster. Moreover, the new omnidirectional Honda Sensing 360 suite, a first for Europe, is part of the safety equipment.
2023 Honda CR-V: Powertrain Options
The absence of ICE-only engines is the primary distinction between the CR-V range in Europe and North America. The auto manufacturer has committed to solely selling electric vehicles in Europe, and therefore, the CR-V is also offered as a self-charging hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The e:PHEV model, the first plug-in hybrid Honda for European buyers, stands out, for it has an all-electric driving range of 82 kilometres. At a battery temperature of 25 °C (77 °F), a full charge can be achieved in just 2.5 hours.
Two 'lightweight and high-output on-board electric motors' are coupled with a naturally aspirated (NA) 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in both electrified powertrains for increased performance. The e:PHEV will most likely have a larger-capacity lithium-ion battery compared to the e:HEV; however, Honda has not indicated whether the two kinds of batteries will have different power outputs. The latter also has an AWD emblem on the tailgate, indicating the presence of an all-wheel-drive system from Honda.
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2023 Honda CR-V: Market Rivals
The prices of the Honda CR-V will be disclosed closer to the vehicle's market debut in Europe this year. Models like the Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Subaru Forester, and upcoming Skoda Kodiaq are some of its market competitors.
2023 Honda CR-V: Will it Come to India?
Unfortunately, Honda has no immediate plans to import this version of the CR-V to India. Rather, the Japanese carmaker is developing a domestically produced compact SUV, called Honda Elevate, which will go on sale the following month. The brand-new Elevate is anticipated to have an extensive list of features and will be available with both gasoline-only and gasoline-hybrid engine options.
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