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Reinvented hybrid SUV will top out Honda's revitalised European line-up

Honda's fast-paced renewal of its line-up will be complete with the introduction of the next-generation Honda CR-V, likely in 2022. 

Hot on the heels of the reinvented Honda Jazz, Honda Civic and Honda HR-V, the largest model in the Japanese brand's European portfolio will be redesigned to bring it into line with the smaller models and distance it from the current car, which is itself a subtle evolution of its predecessor. 

The CR-V has already gone hybrid-only in line with Honda's plan to go all-electrified in Europe by the end of next year, so we expect the sixth-generation car to be more of a visual and material reinvention, rather than a complete technical overhaul. It is highly likely to be underpinned by an evolved version of the current car's Compact Global Platform, as is its new Civic sibling. 

The current CR-V's 2.0-litre e:HEV petrol-electric set-up, therefore, will no doubt be retained, while a smaller system based around a 1.5-litre combustion engine could be introduced, as has been the case for the Civic, Jazz and HR-V. 

The new front end is the most obvious differentiator compared with the current CR-V, with its wide-format hexagonal grille flanked by slimline LED headlights, but specific details remain obscured on test cars by bulky camouflage at this early stage. However, the latest images suggest the new car will be wider and longer than its predecessor, likely in an effort to put more distance between the two SUVs Honda sells in Europe. 

Meanwhile, a straighter roof line and flatter back end are likely to increase room in the optional third row, which would make the CR-V a more obvious competitor to the Kia Sorento and Seat Tarraco. Expect a completely overhauled infotainment system to be the centrepiece of the new SUV's interior, which will follow Honda's newer models in adopting a minimalistic and "human-centred" design. 

Honda has yet to officially preview the new CR-V or give details about its unveiling, but given development timeframes for recent models, we would expect to see the wraps come off it around mid-2022 ahead of a market launch towards the end of that year.


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ianp55 21 August 2021

Well is this to be the top of the range for Honda Europe,not very exciting is it? the front grille really isn't very attractive at all. On the plus side no doubt the engineering and product quality will be excellent and reliability will be second to none,but you just can't get excited about it. Honda used to have a slogan "The Power Of Dreams" but the current range (apart from the Honda e & the Civic type R ) is far from that,so please wake up Honda give us something to be excited about.

The Apprentice 21 August 2021
The current one was on my shopping list at once, but the switch to WLTP emission ratings took it off the list. Usually Honda engineering is superb, and indeed the hybrid is a great powertrain but its not efficient enough sadly, the Toyota one beats it by far, in an identical sized SUV.
The style is overfussy and needs a reboot, also making it bigger, to suit the US tastes is the final nail, its perfectly big enough as is.
BlahBlah43 21 August 2021
Sounds incredibly stale and forgettable. Perfect for sales