The test mule of the 2023 Honda CR-V has been spied for the first time. The current fifth-generation Honda CR-V was unveiled towards the end of 2016, and it got a small facelift in 2019. However, the new SUV is the sixth-gen model that is spied recently covered in camouflage from front to rear.
The overall design appears to be angular, and the hood seems modified. Interestingly, we also noticed that the CR-V seems to have grown in size, while the front fascia looks slightly revised. Here’s what we know so far.
2023 Honda CR-V First Look
The testing mule of the 2023 Honda CR-V reveals that the new model will probably share its platform with the redesigned Civic that will be out this spring as a 2022 model. At first glance, the CR-V has grown in size from a compact into a small crossover. Clearly, its styling has been influenced by the latest Passport model.
Generally, we first noticed an almost identical grille and the LED headlights that seem to give a split design impression. Moreover, proportions are also different compared to the outgoing model. The hood is much more longer, and the rear overhang also appearing stretched out a bit.
The new spy images of the new 2023 Honda CR-V also allows us to take a peek inside the cabin. There is a completely new cabin, hosting tablet-style infotainment on top of the center console. The touchscreen is more driver-oriented, and it sits upright as opposed to the current CR-V.
It’ll be interesting to see how much room has the new model to offer, considering that it is growing a little bit. Honda offers a third-row CR-V on some markets, but Pilot is still the firm’s flagship SUV in the United States. Since this is CR-V’s first batch of spy shots, we are gladly waiting for more information on this awesome crossover.
2023 Honda CR-V Powertrain Specs
At this point, there is no news regarding the powertrain of the 2023 Honda CR-V. Most likely that Honda will introduce a new hybrid engine. The current version uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s good for 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.
Generally, this engine is very efficient. It’s rated on the highway 34 mpg with front-drive models, while the AWD version has two mpg less. Also, Honda CR-V features a standard CVT automatic, with a Sport mode for added responsiveness. In both front and all-wheel-drive versions, maximum towing is only 1,500 pounds. In the same category there are many models that provide better figures.
Release Date and Price
As these are early images, don’t expect the new 2023 Honda CR-V to be unveiled anytime soon. The most likely scenario is that CR-V will be introduced in the early to mid-next year as a 2023MY.
The current Honda CR-V is already offered with hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems on some markets, so expect the next-generation model to embrace new electrification. When released, the latest CR-V will battle with Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue. Pricing and other information should be available in the coming months.