Honda released a facelift of the fifth-generation CR-V compact crossover in 2019. However, it seems like the Japanese carmaker still has a lot up its sleeve as an unofficial photo of what seems to be the next-generation Honda CR-V is now surfacing online.
2021 Honda CR-V Facelift First Look Philippines: Spicing up the working recipe
One of the biggest changes that can be seen from the unofficial photo of the Honda CR-V Philippines is the grille design which now appears larger, running all the way down before the front lower bumper. This update highlights the proportions of the front-end creating a large SUV appeal.
Unofficial photo of the next-gen Honda CR-V [Photo: BestCarWeb]
The new grille also comes with a partially closed design which is a common layout feature for electric vehicles. With that being said, one can expect that Honda might put out more efforts to innovate its hybrid powertrains. Plus, diesel engines are close to being discarded with the new regulations in some markets so it would be interesting to see what could be the next-gen CR-V’s new engine options.
As of this writing, Honda hasn’t shared any word regarding the next-generation CR-V including the powertrain options. This means that we could still expect to see the same engine options as what the current model offers such as 2.0-liter gasoline and 1.6-liter diesel engine, with the possible addition of a PHEV option in the local market.
The current 2021 Honda CR-V facelift
Again, the photo of what seems to be the next-generation Honda CR-V isn’t an official release. Spy shots of the alleged next-gen CR-V say otherwise as it comes with a less rounded roof design than the shown photo and a larger D-pillar which suggests that the third-row seat option will still be retained.
Reports say that the next-generation Honda CR-V could come out as the 2023 model which sounds about right considering that the compact crossover gets a new generation every five to six years since 1996.
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Know more about Honda CR-V 2023
The CR-V 2023 is a compact crossover current sold by Japanese automaker Honda Philippines Inc. Now in its fifth generation, the model has been in existence since the 1990s. Currently, the Honda CR-V Philippines has two engine options with four variants. The first one is a 1.6-liter diesel, which can make up to 118 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. All variants with this engine uses a nine-speed automatic transmission. The top-spec trim has an all-wheel-drive drivetrain, while the rest of the trims are front-wheel-drive.
As for the second engine of the CR-V, it comes in the form of a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline mill capable of producing up top 152 horsepower and 189 Nm of torque. Only the entry-level S variant uses this engine and pairs it to a continuously variable transmission. The entry-level CR-V S and the CR-V S diesel variant can fit up to five occupants, while the CR-V V and the top-spec SX can seat up to seven occupants. As for the Honda CR-V dimensions, the Japanese compact crossover is 4,623 mm long, 1,855 mm wide, and 1,668 mm high. In the local market, the Honda CR-V Philippines is competing against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, and Nissan X-Trail.
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