Honda CR-V is a Japanese compact SUV, manufactured since 1995 and it was loosely derived from the Honda Civic. The CR-V is Honda’s mid-range utility vehicle, trying to find its place between the smaller HR-V and the larger Pilot. New CR-V model is based on the new platform that underpins the recently redesigned Honda Civic, which means styling and designs, mechanical components and engines options although some are specifically going to be redesigned for the CR-V. The new CR-V grew a bit compared to the current model but that will not result in losing any style points, with the possible addition of an optional third-row seat to help bridge the gap between it and the larger Honda Pilot.
2018 HONDA CR-V CHANGES
Exterior of the 2018 Honda CR-V is changing but in a good way, meaning that it has adopted sportier and more upscale look, a larger, more aggressive front grille along with a longer hood and a less minivan-like stance. Honda appears to have increased the front grille of the CR-V with the new generation, and the bumper is also part of the change.
The window lines remain pretty much the same, when compared to the ongoing model. The CR-V’s signature vertical taillights have undergone a slight redesign, and the headlights look like they’re taken directly from an Acura. The new Honda Civic’s modular chassis, which will also underpin the next-generation Accord, will guarantee a smooth and more dynamic ride all around. The current CR-V’s 103.1-inch wheelbase will likely grow, possibly to match the 2016 Civic sedan and we can also expect changes to its basic architecture because it will have to accommodate mechanical for the all-wheel-drive system that will be optional for the upcoming CR-V.
ENGINE AND SPECS
If we speak about engine, we can expect several options. Base LX trim is powered by four-cylinder 2.4-liter which is able to produce 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. EX, EX-L, and Touring trims are powered with turbo charged direct-injected four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine which is able to produce 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. There are also rumors that the Japanese are planning to make the hybrid compact SUV which in this time of age isn’t impossible.As for the transmission options expect six speed manual transmission paired with these engines as well as continuously variable automatic transmission which is a more likely candidate to come as a standard in 2018 CR-V. Front wheel drive is also a standard for this vehicle and AWD will be offered as an option probably in the top trim. Honda presented hybrid version of this model at the Shanghai auto show and according to some speculation it should also be sell in the US.This hybrid CR-V is offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain made up of a 2.0L gasoline-burning 4 cylinder engine and the electric electric motor also used in Accord Hybrid. This two motors combined will be able to produce 212 hp.
Inside, Honda assures best-in-class interior area and rear legroom, with better high quality materials and “much more intricately sewed seats”. Rear travelers obtain a volume control for the sound system, while in advance there’s the choice of a seven-inch screen running an Android operating system with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle. Myriad safety and security functions have actually provided the car a first-class ranking in US collision examinations, and also other attributes include a hands-free tailgate, operated by a wave of a foot under the rear bumper.
2018 CR-V RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The 5th generation CR-V goes on sale December 21st of this year in USA, starting at $24,045 in LX trim as well as peaking in Touring semblance at $32,395. Europe version should hit the market in spring this year while Australian version could hit the market in the middle of the 2017.
Gallery of Honda CRV 2018 Specs, Hybrid, Release
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