Official pictures of the new-generation Honda CR-V have confirmed the midsize SUV will possess the more imposing appearance exposed in recent leaks
Honda has released official teaser images of the upcoming sixth-generation CR-V midsize SUV ahead of its reveal later this year.
The teaser images expose a large section of both the front and rear angles of the CR-V, which match up perfectly with leaked images that emerged from Chinese government filings last week.
A statement from Honda Motor Company accompanying the images said more information would be released during the North American summer period – placing a likely reveal between June and August this year.
The teaser images of the CR-V show what is likely a range-topping model wearing a striking appearance complete with sharp LED daytime running lights.
Honda’s designers have implemented a more premium and imposing appearance, with the front end featuring a larger upright grille inspired by the Accord sedan.
At the rear, the L-shaped tail-lights have evolved to feature smaller LED-lit L-shapes within the housing, while further down, a pair of large exhaust outlets are hard to miss.
While Honda Australia is yet to confirm what engine options will be made available in our new-generation CR-V, it’s almost certain the inbound SUV midsizer will follow the example set by the HR-V small SUV and Civic hatch and introduce a hybrid option locally.
The current fifth-generation CR-V is available with a series-parallel hybrid option in the US – similar to a Toyota RAV4 – however this drivetrain was not available to Australian buyers.
It remains to be seen if Honda will choose to stick with the traditional hybrid option or implement its ‘e-HEV’ system, which will see the CR-V essentially function as a fully-electric vehicle, but with a petrol engine used as a range extender that recharges the battery.
This option will likely utilise the e-HEV system fitted to the Civic – a dual-motor set-up boasting a combined output of 158kW/315Nm, with a 2.0-litre ‘Atkinson cycle’ four-cylinder petrol engine acting as a range extender.
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