As far as global crossover industry is concerned, the Honda CR-V is certainly one of the pioneers. It was way back in 1995 when the first generation of this model was released. It has been in the market for more than 20 years now and it has undergone four generations of production in the meantime. In 2017, the fifth generation of this model is expected to arrive with the launch of 2018 Honda CR-V. Honda CRV has been seating at top of the ever-growing compact crossover segment for quite some years now. However, with an arrival of new competitors with advanced technological, its position as a market leader is somewhat eroding. The fact that sales of Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 are better than that of CRV is a proof of this. With a redesign, Honda is certainly looking to restore CR-V to its former glory. No doubt that it is offering superior fuel efficiency, class-leading technological offerings, excellent driving dynamics and great interior space.
2018 Honda CR-V – Changes and Improvements
The 2018 Honda CR-V is likely to be based on a new platform. It is the same platform that underpins redesigned Honda Civic. As compared to the present model, the fifth generation will grow in size. There are possibilities that an optional third-row seat will be added in order to reduce the gap in Honda Pilot, which is significantly larger.
Based on recently released spy shots, it is also believed that new CR-V is looking to adopt a more upscale and sportier look. For this reason, it features a longer hood and less minivan like stance along with more aggressive front grille. The signature taillight of CRV has been used while headlights look much like that of Acura. As far as the interior of 2018 Honda CRV is concerned, not much information is available as of now. However, Honda will surely give priority to spaciousness and practicality. Of course, advanced technological features are expected to be offered.
Platform for 2018 Honda CR-V
The upcoming model uses new modular chassis of Honda Civic, which is also used on next generation of Accord sedan. It is expected to have a longer wheelbase than the current model, which has 103.1 inches of wheelbase. You can also expect changes in the basic architecture of this model for accommodating mechanicals for all wheel drive.
2018 Honda CR-V – Engine Specification
You can expect turbocharged technology in Honda CR-V 2018. Honda Civic’s new 1.5-liter turbo four cylinder engines with 174 hp of output are likely to be standard engine for CRV. Since CR-V is heavier, this engine might be tuned to emphasize more on low rpm torque. Currently, this model uses a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with 185 hp of output and 181 lb-ft of torque. As far as transmission is concerned, the only likely choice for CR-V is a continuously variable auto transmission. Front Wheel Drive is offered as standard while all-wheel drive will be optional.
2018 Honda CR-V – Price, Release Date, and Competition
The 2018 Honda CR-V will arrive sometime in 2017 with no major changes in price compare to present model, which ranges from $24,645 to $34,295. Main competitors include: