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Honda CR-V Hybrid 2023: next-generation Mazda CX-5 rival teased ahead of reveal


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.

Honda CR-V 2022 teaser badge
Honda has teased the new design of the next-generation CR-V

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. 

A bolder, more premium appearance 

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.

Honda CR-V 2022 teaser duo
The design is more bold and modern than its predecessor

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.

Hybrid engine to take centre stage

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.

Honda CR-V 2023 front 3/4
The teaser images match up with leaked images we’ve seen previously

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.