The next-generation Honda CR-V has been spotted testing with a current-generation car ahead of its launch in 2017.
The new mid-sized SUV will be a larger and more premium product than the outgoing CR-V, giving more space in Honda's range for the HR-V crossover, which slots in just below it.
As shown by these new pictures, the upcoming model CR-V also features a completely new design for its tail-lights. The current car's vertical units look set to be replaced by more angular horizontal ones. The changes at the front appear more evolutionary.
Honda’s head of cars in the UK, Leon Brannan, has previously hinted to Autocar that the new CR-V will offer seven seats as standard and four-wheel drive, in a bid to rival more premium products such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC60.
“CR-V is a massive pillar for us,” he said. “I’m not sure that HR-V in the UK will ever become a four-wheel-drive car; most people in this segment will vote with their feet and buy two-wheel drive. So if we can assume that HR-V will only ever be two-wheel drive, then you’ve got to come up with a different proposition [with the CR-V].
“Can we compete with Land Rover as a brand? That’s less about CR-V and more about Honda as a brand."
The interior of the new CR-V is expected to borrow heavily from the HR-V, including that car’s touchscreen infotainment system and dashboard layout.
Engines could mirror those found in the HR-V, including 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 128bhp 1.5-litre petrol units.
The next CR-V is expected to be built in Canada.
Sam Sheehan and Darren Moss