The production version of the current CR-V has been released back in 2011 and considering that some cars in its class have been on the market for more than eight years many people thought that the upcoming 2017 Honda CR-V was going to be merely a mid-life refresh. However, this is not true and we can confidently say this because a few months ago a version of the upcoming car has been spied wearing heavy camouflage in the front and at the back and while this would indicate a facelift, there is more than meets the eye. In fact, the model spied was nothing more than a test mule where the old body was installed on a new platform.
We are sure about this because the distance between its B and C-pillars is quite a bit larger than that on the ongoing model and it seems that the rear doors are longer. This means that the wheelbase of the new car should be around 3 to 5 inches longer which will translate in quite a bit more room for the rear passengers. However, this is not all. In fact, the large growth in wheelbase almost assures us that the new CR-V is going to be available in a seven-seat version as well which will basically steal the market for itself.
2017 Honda CR-V Price
Honda is making this move in order to differentiate the larger CR-V from the smaller HR-V and also to compete with more expensive models such as the new Tiguan. The price for the five seats CR-V is still likely going to hover around $24,500 while its seven-seat version might fetch a previous of a few thousand dollars.
Honda CRV Specs
With the new platform, the new 2017 Honda CR-V is definitely going to be lighter, more rigid than before and its NVH levels should improve considerably. On top of that, it means that Honda will finally be able to install new engines and transmissions under its skin which are all going to be quite a bit more impressive than before. While before the US market received just a 2.4-liter engine, this time around things are going to change and with the exception of the European-only diesel engines, the CR-V should boast identical engines in both markets.
The five-seat version of the car is expected to make use of a new 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine which first debuted on the new Civic. It still isn’t clear if the VTEC model will be offered but in any case, this tiny engine will make more than 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the seven seats version of the car and possibly a higher performance five seats model are going to receive a new 2 liter turbocharged mill which has been first used on the new European Type R. This particular engine will likely be tuned for close to 250 horsepower and more than 250 lb-ft of torque which is substantially more than the older 2.4 liter engine. The best part about this upgrade is that in any case the car will be more efficient and its new CVT gearbox should be quite a bit more fun to use.
2017 Honda CR-V Design
Like the HR-V, the new 2017 Honda CR-V is very likely going to receive Honda’s new corporate design in the front which will include a new grille and headlights that will blend with the fenders for a 3D look. We can’t say much more about the rest of the car but we expect a major improvement over the older model. Its cabin should take a similar approach where everything is going to be new but unlike the HR-V which is a rather basic model, the new CR-V, especially the seven seats model, is likely going to receive a lot more features and much better materials as well.