The entirely revamped sixth-generation Honda CR-V, which was just announced, will go on sale in the United States this summer for the 2023 model year (between June and August). The brand’s brand-new SUV will initially only be available with turbo power before hybrid versions are released later in the year.
The 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine will receive an update for the EX and EX-L models, which Honda claims is more refined and performs better in terms of emissions. The four-cylinder engine has received notable improvements, such as a new, high-efficiency, high-response turbocharger and a cylinder head with a 4-2 exhaust port.
Despite these modifications, the engine continues to produce 190 horsepower (193 PS) and 243 Nm of torque, however at different engine speeds than before. Peak torque now occurs 300 rpm earlier from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm, but peak horsepower now occurs 400 rpm later at 6,000 rpm. The CVT is still used in conjunction with the VTEC Turbo, and it has also undergone modifications to lessen noise and vibration.
Only the Sport and Sport Touring models are available with the hybrid drivetrain. The configuration is similar to that of the most recent Civic e: HEV, with a 2.0 liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, an e-CVT, and two electric motors totaling 240 hp.
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It should be noted that the stated number is lower than the 212 horsepower rating for the outgoing model with the identical configuration (215 PS). Nevertheless, one of the electric motors—not the one that powers the battery as a generator—is actually more torque than previously, producing 335 Nm as opposed to 315 Nm. The CR-tow V’s rating has increased to 454 kg (1,000 pounds) thanks to the improved hybrid drivetrain, compared to the previous model’s zero.
All variations can be ordered with all-wheel drive (marketed as Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control Technology). The Sport Touring comes standard with the system, which can now direct 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels for increased traction in slick conditions like snow and mud. Three normal drive modes (Normal, Econ, and a new Snow) are selectable, with Sport being an added mode for hybrid versions.
The steering rack was moved to enhance feel and precision, and the front subframe was made stiffer. For the returned multilink suspension, which uses MacPherson struts at the front and has a 15 percent greater spring rate for the upper spring mount, the rear subframe is also strengthened.
The newest CR-V loses the rounded contour of its predecessor in favor of a sharper, more rugged appearance. Key characteristics include the big, tall gloss black grille that is flanked by narrow LED headlamps, which are reported to have been influenced by the recently updated Ridgeline and Passport TrailSport.
The angular bumper is also brand-new, and hybrid models have an L-shaped piece that integrates what appear to be vertical air slots and a broad lower intake with chrome accents. The red car in the gallery below is an example of the more subdued appearance of non-hybrid versions.
You’ll also notice that the A-pillars are 119 mm farther back, which contributes to the longer bonnet. The base of the A-pillars has also been shifted 35.6 mm lower than the previous CR-V and 71 mm outward.
A noticeable beltline along the sides draws attention to the redesigned window line, which has a less noticeable kink around the base of the D-pillars and is complemented by the well-known lower body cladding. Moving to the back, we notice vertical taillights that pay homage to the previous SUV but are more svelte in design.
The number plate is now located higher up on the reprofiled tailgate, with the lowest recessed section completely missing. Only the Sport and Sport Touring models get the rectangular exhaust finishers, and those models also get 18-inch and 19-inch black alloy wheels, respectively. The EX and EX-L models are content with 18-inch silver exhaust finishers.
All CR-V models offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, although only the EX-L and Sport Touring models have wireless connectivity. The standard equipment list also includes a seven-inch digital instrument display, 10 airbags, hill descent control, a back seat reminder, a driver attention monitor, and Honda Sensing.
A new 90-degree field of view camera and 120-degree field of view millimeter-wave radar have been added to the family of safety and driver assistance systems, and new Traffic Jam Assist, Low-Speed Braking Control, and Traffic Sign Recognition features have also been added (TSR). Standard features like Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow are now joined by blind spot information (BSI).
The EX and Sport models have cloth seats, while the EX-L and Sport Touring have leather seats. In addition to the USB-A and USB-C outlets at the front of the cabin, the hybrids also include two additional USB-C ports for the rear passengers, and the top-of-the-line model is the only one with a 12-speaker Bose audio system “as read and reported by www.autocarindia.com”.