The sixth-gen CR-V gets completely revised styling inside and out, along with a hybrid powertrain setup.
Honda has revealed the sixth-generation CR-V for the North American market, and it looks like a whole new SUV, both inside and out. Additionally, there are major changes to the powertrain, as you now have hybrid options for certain variants, along with a slew of new and updated features.
It’s instantly visible that the sixth-gen CR-V follows Honda’s new design language, which can also be seen on the latest Civic. It’s actually quite a clean design, as you get straight lines all over the body of the CR-V. The grille is trapezoidal and quite chunky. The headlamps are comparatively sleek, with LED DRLs running across their width at the top. The CR-V’s cabin has a busy vibe to it, which is again similar to that of the Civic. In fact, even the instrument cluster and HVAC controls will even remind you of the City sold in India.
In terms of engines, the car gets a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol inline-four motor – it makes 187bhp and 243Nm and is paired to a CVT – and a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated inline-four petrol engine, which makes 201bhp and 335Nm. The figures, however, also include the output of the electric motor, as this is the hybrid option. Both powertrains get the option of AWD. Honda may include a diesel engine in some markets, but it remains to be seen.
Size-wise, the sixth generation of the CR-V is bigger than the outgoing model. Given that smaller SUVs in Honda’s line-up have grown, it makes sense to increase the size of the CR-V to maintain the hierarchy.
So far, it's not certain if the CR-V will come to our shores. But given India’s love for SUVs, it's quite a possibility. However, Honda has never had a problem axing a premium product from its line-up due to low sales (the Civic, for instance), and as a company, it has always taken a wait-and-watch approach. This means that it could be a few years before there is talk of bringing the CR-V back.