The fully renovated, the fifth generation Honda CR-V was already available for sale because December 2016. One of the best-selling models in the compact crossover class is again up to the expectations and despite the model is new from the ground up, the tested recipe is again applied. However, after the last Shanghai Auto Show, Honda revealed what is the next mission for the CR-V model and that is the hybrid version. Honda presented the CR-V Hybrid as the model which will go available for sale in the China but remained tightlipped about essential facts and may that edition reach the US market as the 2018 Honda CR-V. We see the CR-V hybrid edition in the US as the positive bet but the release date and specification are still the open questions.
2018 HONDA CR-V: STYLING, DESIGN
Honda won’t, of course, change significantly on the new 2018 Honda CR-V as this model was all-new for the 2017 model year. Planted on the Civic’s platform and slightly lengthier wheelbase the new-gen model delivers better driving character and interior accommodation. It is also marginally greater and longer.
On the other give, the styling of the new technology CR-V is slightly more sculpted and some components give it up-scale look. All models come with the LED working bulbs and chrome strip connects the headlights. Honda also placed the chrome strip bellow the rear screen mixing it with the attractive headlights. The model also appears classier when trips on the 18-inch wheels and with the fog lights which are available in the EX trim. The Touring model adds to that more chrome facts and dual-chrome fatigue methods which also enhance model’s appearance.
Honda made the cabin of the CR-V more fashionable and appealing than in the previous technology and equipment is up to date as well. The cabin is also better isolated from the outside and more comfortable for the rear passengers. Modernized dash and infotainment system is also the step forward but all tech is not designed for the base LX version. Honda might improve that and Honda Sensing suite may become the standard equipment. There, Honda offers adaptive sail control, lane departure caution, intelligent large supports, forward collision caution with intelligent disaster braking, and blind-spot monitoring with the rear cross-traffic alert.
2018 HONDA CR-V: POWERTRAINS
The engine options on the 2018 Honda CR-V may remain the same. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 184 hp and torque reaches 180 lb-ft. The redesign brought the turbocharged engine option in the form of 1.5-liter inline-4 unit. That energy mill can produce 190 hp and torque of 170 lb-ft. The transmission unit may be the CVT sending energy to the front or all four wheels.
The fuel economy will be around 28 mpg combined and around 30 mpg coupled with the base and turbocharged engines respectively. However, the all-wheel travel designs may reunite about 1 mpg less in equally cases.
Honda wasn’t concrete with the details about the hybrid powertrain. So, no energy, torque, and fuel economy numbers have been provided. The model should, nevertheless, feature brand’s Sport Hybrid two-motor setup. The system should combine the Atkinson Pattern four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and battery power like the Accord Hybrid sedan. This system provides 212 hp in the Accord and fuel economy is 48 mpg combined. The Accord is around 3,400 kilos in fat and the CR-V is close to that number as well relying on the driveline. Of course, the sedan model has the better aerodynamics and more kilos to the CR-V may include additional energy hardware. However, if that startup could be used in the CR-V hybrid, it should simply fit or beat hybrid designs of the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. The RAV4 is rated at 32 mpg while Rogue hybrid returns 34 mpg combined.
2018 HONDA CR-V: ARRIVAL, PRICE
The CR-V hybrid edition may strike Chinese market by the end of this year. The price is yet to be revealed. However, the 2018 Honda CR-V also needs to come in the US late that year. We will have about the hybrid version. The price range should begin from around $24,000.