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2018 Honda CR-V spied, may be launched in India

  • Apr 22, 2016
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While we are getting ready to welcome the upcoming BR-V crossover from Honda in India, the CR-V continues to soldier on in the premium-crossover/softroader segment. While Honda has rolled out more than 2800 units of the CR-V since the model was launched in January 2013 (amounting to around 73 cars a month), it has not been the best selling in its segment – this is, in spite of it, receiving rave reviews at launch.

Read more about the upcoming BR-V compact-crossover here

The CR-V's slow sales can be attributed to two main issues – the lack of a diesel motor and the lack of 7-seats. In a price point that also consists of vehicles like the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Endeavour, the CR-V is feeling the heat.

2018 Honda CR-V Spy Shot Front Left Quarter

Now, images of what seems to be the next-generation Honda CR-V are doing the rounds of the interweb. Spied in the United States of America, the 2017/2018 Honda CR-V is touted to be one of the biggest generation jumps in the brands history.

Read our review of the 2013 Honda CR-V here

While the spy shots reveal that the exterior design of the new CR-V will mostly be an evolution over the previous model with inspiration from the new Civic sedan, Jazz and even the BR-V. The new CR-V features a tapering front fascia with sleek all-LED headlights (which may or may not come to India), the wing-like grille continues, and there's a simple front bumper. The side profile shows a familiar design with a gently rising A-pillar and a sharper D-pillar. The CR-V's signature vertical lamps now feature a hook which flows into the tailgate – which may seem familiar to those who have seen the BR-V. The rear certainly seems more aggressive than before.

2018 Honda CR-V Spy Shot Front Left

For now, we do not know how the interiors of the new CR-V will look like, however, we are sure that those may be spied or leaked as the launch of the crossover comes closer. Details on the powertrain options too are scarce – but expect Honda to use 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for the new CR-V. Manual and CVTs will also feature on the new CR-V with AWD offered on some variants. It is also rumoured that Honda will offer an electric-hybrid version of the new CR-V in certain markets.

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2018 Honda CR-V Spy Shot Rear Left Quarter

What should be of interest to Indian buyers in particular are the reports that suggest the new CR-V will be powered by the familiar 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor and it will be also offered in 7-seater variants. These two features could make the upcoming CR-V more popular in the Indian market, if and when it is launched here.

Stay tuned to Gaadi.com for more updates on the 2018 Honda CR-V.
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