The Honda CR-V has seated atop the increasing compact-crossover sales pile for the past numerous years, but its lead is grinding down when new rivals arrive with more highly developed technology features and enhanced driving dynamics. The Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Escape are ahead of the Honda CR-V in the sales competition up to 2016. With the redesigned 2018 Honda CR-V, the Japanese automaker will definitely be looking to get back its crown, with category-leading fuel-cutback figures, technology offerings, interior room, and great chassis. It will have to hammer the Mazda CX-5, the current preferred among small crossovers, in that aspect.
2018 Honda CR-V Changes, Exterior
The 2018 Future Honda CR-V, which is the fifth generation, supremely admired crossover of Honda, is likely to be constructed on the fresh platform that underpins the lately redesigned model, the Honda Civic. The new CR-V is reported to grow a little when compared with the present model, with the likely addition of a discretionary third-row seat to fill the gap between it and the considerably larger Pilot. It also appears to adopt a more upscale and sportier look, which shows a bigger, more aggressive grille in the front, along with a more elongated hood and a less minivan-like posture. The signature perpendicular taillights are clearly observable, and the headlights appear as if they are taken from the Acura directly.
More changes take place at the back of the A-pillar as the vehicle adopts a more pronounced shoulder line and a sportier greenhouse. Continuing further rear, there are a tailgate-mounted spoiler, wraparound taillights, and a sporty dual exhaust system.
The 2018 CR-V comes with the more wheelbase length when compared to the 106.3-inch wheelbase of the 2016 model Civic sedan.
2018 Honda CR-V Interior
No information regarding the interior styling of the new Honda CR-V 2018 has not been revealed by the automaker. However, it is expected that Honda would definitely give top priority to the practicality and roominess to make the new Honda CR-V 2018 vie competently with its class competitors, such as Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester.
Due to the extended wheelbase, the cabin gets more space and hence gets an adequate space for third seat row. This makes the new vehicle offer a comfortable space for more passengers than the cabin of the earlier model. It is expected that the 2018 CR-V would also come equipped with innovative safety and technology features, such as the latest iteration of the Link infotainment system of Honda in keeping with modern trends.
With a push into the turbocharged expertise of Honda, it comes equipped with a turbo four powertrain with the displacement of 1.5 liters, found in the 2016 model Civic sedan. This power plant will be capable of generating the highest power of 174 ponies and the highest torque of 162 pounds per foot. This is less than that of the power offered by the 2.4-liter powertrain of the present model that offered 185 ponies of power and 181 pounds per foot of twist.
The 2018 Honda CR-V engine will be finely tuned for an additional emphasis on a low-rpm twist for the use in the 2018 CR-V. Even though the Civic lineup will shortly be offered with a six-velocity manual transmission that will be coupled with this engine, a continuously variable mechanical transmission will be the only optional transmission system for the new CR-V. As earlier, the new CR-V will be offered with the front-wheel drive system as standard and the all-wheel-drive system will be offered as an option.
Base price and the date of release
The 2018 Honda CR-V release date will be the middle part of the year 2017. Regarding pricing, there will not be much change when compared to that of the current model. Buyers can get the new CR-V with the starting price of $24,645 for a front-wheel drive model whereas the all-wheel-drive model will be available at $34,295.
See also: 2017 Mazda CX-4 , 2017 Subaru Outback, 2017 Buick Encore , 2017 BMW X2
2018 Honda CR-V Spy Shots