Finally confirmed, Honda’s CEO said that new 2017 Honda CRV will be 7-seater, bigger and bring a plenty of improvements. First spy photos have been catched in early December. The current Honda CRV has been around for quite some time and in this time it only received a few updates which freshened up its exterior and gave it a slightly uprated engine which is fine but not ideal, especially since some of its competitors have been completely redesigned in order to offer the newest technologies to their customers.
Well, rumors now say that the 2017 Honda CRV is actually going to be an all new car rather than just a small update and it will include a lot of new features, both inside and out.
Platform and Predictions
It seems that the new car will be based on the same platform as the upcoming Civic which will be both stronger and lighter. This should improve the fuel economy of the car and it should also allow Honda to make a safer car for the passengers inside.
The biggest change over the ongoing car is that the new 2017 Honda CRV will actually be larger. This may mean that the car will finally receive a third row of seats which would put it at the top of its class as the roomiest compact crossover on the market.
Honda CRV 2017 Redesign – Changes
On the exterior, the new CRV will get an all new look which should put it at the top of the best looking cars out there. The car should borrow some of the design cues of the upcoming Civic Type R or even from the European model with a more aggressive front end, new HID headlights and LED tail lights as well as a more aggressive profile. This will be possible thanks to the fact the car will be both wider and longer but actually a bit lower which will create the impression of a sportier car.
As standard it will likely come with 18 inch wheels and low rolling resistance tires while the more premium models could get 19 inch rims and high performance tires.
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Honda CRV will receive the best equipment Honda has to offer. As standard it will likely get a 7 inch touchscreen with a rear view camera, climate control, electric seats, windows and mirrors, an optional third row of seats as well as a standard leather wrapped steering wheel which will provide the driver a nice amount of comfort.
The Engine range & Specs
Under its hood, the current 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline 4, which received direct injection last year, is likely going to be kept for the base model of the car. While its output is not that impressive with only 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, the engine is the most fuel efficient unit in its class. It is capable on the current model of nearly 29 MPG on average and it will certainly break 30 MPG on average on the next generation CRV. Just like before, front wheel drive will be standard while an all wheel drive system is going to be available as an option.
Unlike the current model though, the new 2017 Honda CRV will feature a second engine which is likely going to power the seven seats model. This is expected to be the same 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 as that in the Civic Type R. However, in the CRV it will receive a slightly different tune so it should provide around 290 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque which is already quite impressive. This will also be one of the more fuel efficient engines in its class mostly thanks to the standard CVT gearbox which will be further refined for the new model.
2017 Honda CRV Release date & Price
The release date is currently unknown but it seems that it may arrive on the market in the late 2016 or early 2017 at a base price of around $25,000 which is right where the current model is.
The biggest competitors are Land Rover Discovery Sport, 2016 Honda Pilot and Toyota Land Cruiser.
We could expect additional information about price in second quarter in 2016, so stay tuned and return here to see news.