2023 Honda CR-V likely to appear in China Preview America and Europe sixth-generation SUV


The all-new sixth-generation Honda CR-V has emerged thanks to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, fully revealing its design ahead of its impending debut this year. In all likelihood, this is what the 2023 CR-V will look like in the rest of the world as well, as you can see from the spy shots of the North American models.

The SUV photos confirm what we saw a few months ago in an alleged patent filing, and in our spy footage from last year. The front end is where the most changes happen, with a longer hood, slim LED headlights, a larger grille and cleaner bumper design. The profile inherits a horizontal line and appears similar to the smaller HR-V, with an evolutionary shape of the window line.

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The Chinese Honda CR-V 2023 above is compatible with North American prototypes that we’ve spied on several occasions below

At the rear, the CR-V retains the distinctive L-shaped taillights that extend toward the sides of the rear windshield. In the new generation of cars, it is slightly reconfigured, resembling the one in the Volvo XC60 while losing the chrome element among them. The license plate holder has moved up a notch, but the large tailgate has been retained providing reduced load space. Finally, the rear bumper of the pictured Turbo-badged variant features dual exhaust pipes, although this may be different on the electrified model.

Speaking of engines, Chinese buyers will get only the ICE version of the CR-V with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 190 hp (142 kW / 193 hp). Power is transmitted to the front (FWD) or all four wheels (AWD) through a CVT gearbox. We also expect two hybrid variants with the e badge: HEV. One of them will certainly combine a 2.0-liter engine with twin electric motors – as in the current CR-V e:HEV – while a new plug-in hybrid is also rumored to be in the works. The CR-V e:HEV will be the only powertrain option in Europe, as Honda has powered its entire line-up with electrification. North America will get both powered and hybrid variants, with Honda launching a 50/50 sales mix.

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The China market version of the 2023 Honda CR-V pictured above, with a prototype of the North American model shown below

According to our spec sheet, the Chinese-spec CR-V is 4703 mm (185.1 in) long, 1866 mm (73.4 in) long and 1,680 mm (in) or 1690 mm (66.5 in) tall, depending on the trim. This makes it 80 mm (3.1 in) longer and 11 mm (0.4 in) wider than its predecessor, exactly the same height. The wheelbase has also grown by 41 mm (1.6 in) to 2,701 mm (106.3 in), which should translate into a more spacious cabin, with options for five and possibly seven.

While we haven’t been able to see cabin photos yet, the CR-V will likely get a new digital instrument cluster and a larger infotainment touchscreen, making it more attractive to buyers than its predecessor introduced in 2016. As with the new Civic, The instrument panel design is expected to be minimal with horizontal stripes. Finally, the ADAS suite of systems will put Honda’s latest Sensing range of SUVs on a par with the competition.

The new Honda CR-V is expected sometime in the coming months, with a market launch next year. Besides China, which will get the CR-V from Dongfeng Honda and the closely related Breeze from Guangqi Honda, the SUV will be introduced in Europe, Australia and North America. We don’t know if Honda plans to offer a different design for each market, but we suspect any changes that will be so minor will likely be limited to the trimmings.

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