All-new Honda CR-V to drop diesel engine option: Report 

Updated Mar 08, 2023 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

It is set to make its ASEAN debut in Thailand this month.

The next-generation 2023 Honda CR-V will be launched in Thailand on March 22. Specifically, it will be introduced at the 44th Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS).  

A picture of the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid for the Thai market

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid that will be launched in Thailand (Note the RS badging)

This piece of news comes from Honda Thailand itself through a press release. A few tidbits of information regarding the upcoming crossover SUV model were mentioned as well.

Being a teaser, not many details were shared by Honda Thailand. It was highlighted however, that this new model will be dropping the 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine and the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline engine that the outgoing model uses. 

Replacing the old powertrains are two new ones. The first one is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, while the other is a 2.0-liter hybrid engine paired with two electric motors. 

The exact output figures for these engines were not shared by Honda Thailand as of this writing. But note that the US version that was launched back in 2022 came with the same engine options. To put things in perspective, the US-spec 2023 Honda CR-V with a 1.5-liter turbo can yield up to 190 hp and 243 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter hybrid can produce up to 204 hp and 335 Nm of torque.   

Reports also stated that the all-new Honda CR-V bound for Thailand could get an all-wheel-drive. This is most likely true due to the hint shown in the CR-V's rear photo. On the other hand, the 1.5-liter turbo gasoline version is said to most likely come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the hybrid engine could use an electronic CVT (e-EVT). Do take note that Honda Thailand has yet to release the official powertrain details of the all-new 2023 CR-V.  

A picture of the rear of the Thai-spec CR-V 1.5-liter turbo version

The Thai-spec 1.5-liter turbo version

For other bits that could come standard on the 2023 CR-V 2.0 Turbo, reports from Thailand are indicating that it could come standard with a dual exhaust setup, 18-inch wheels, and the Honda Sensing Safety Suite

The reports are likewise saying that the upcoming 2.0-liter hybrid is also getting the Honda Sensing Safety Suite. But then again, it is said to feature a fancier exterior with its 19-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting, gloss black front grille, and RS badging.  

Moreover, it’s noticeable that the all-new CR-V that’s about to be launched in Thailand has a slightly different front bumper. This is in comparison with the one that debuted for the US market. 

Are you excited about the upcoming 2023 Honda CR-V? Well, we aren’t sure yet when this new model will reach local markets so do keep it here on Philkotse for further updates.  

Know more about Honda CR-V 2024

Honda CR-V

The 2024 Honda CR-V is a midsize crossover SUV. For the Philippine market, it has three variants: the V Turbo CVT, VX Turbo CVT, and the RS e:HEV (hybrid) e-CVT. 

The latest version of this Honda model has two different engine options. For the top-spec hybrid trim, it uses a 2.0-liter gasoline four-banger paired with a dual motor and lithium-ion battery. The combustion component alone produces up to 145 horsepower and 183 Nm of torque. The electric-powered component meanwhile, can churn out 181 horsepower and 335 Nm of torque. 

Aboard the V and VX trims meanwhile is a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine that can churn out 187 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. 

Only the VX gets all-wheel-drive, while the rest are front-wheel-drive. All trims then use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but the one on the hybrid trim is an electronic CVT (e-CVT). 

In terms of dimensions, the all-new CR-V is 4,691mm long, 1,866mm wide, and 1,681mm (1,691mm for VX) in height. Both the hybrid and the V’s wheelbase then spans 2,701mm (2,700mm for VX). 

Locally, the Honda CR-V competes against the likes of the Mazda CX-9, Cherry Tiggo 8 Pro, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Peugeot 5008, etc. 

₱ 2,100,000 - ₱ 2,590,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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