Next gen Honda CR-V may get 7 seats

  • Jul 10, 2015
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As per a report from Autocar UK, Honda cars UK Head, Leon Brannan, stated that the next iteration of the CR-V SUV in its fifth generation could spawn a seven seater model that will be more premium than the current generation CR-V and will target more posh rivals such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The seven seater Honda CR-V is also expected to feature four-wheel drive as standard.

Brannan is reported to have told Autocar UK, “CR-V is a massive pillar for us,” Brannan said. “I’m not sure that HR-V in the UK will ever become a four-wheel drive car, most people in this segment will vote with their feet and buy two-wheel drive. So if we can assume that HR-V will ever only be two-wheel drive, then you’ve got to proposition [with CR-V].”

“Can we compete with Land Rover as a brand? That’s less about CR-V and more about Honda as a brand. Now we have the growing vehicle line-up you’ll see more communications about Honda.”

Closer to reality here, Honda is planning to launch a seven-seater SUV in India which will be positioned unde the CR-V. Badged as the BR-V, the new Honda SUV is expected to be unveiled in 2015 and showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in Greater Noida, India.

Some UK media reports have revealed that the Hyundai Santa Fe could convince buyers of the likes of the X3 and Q5. If this were to be the condition then the CR-V does stand a chance against more premium competition.

With the introduction of the Honda HR-V, the CR-V will be made a more premium offering in the future and positioned higher up. The CR-V is a pillar for Honda in some markets and the vehicle will be made more premium inside out to take the brand further. Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo had also recently revealed that the next generation CR-V would be made more attractive in regard to practicality, interior space and equipment.

The new CR-V will share interior bits as well as the touch screen infotainment system from the HR-V. It would also get the 119PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine and the 129PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine.

The new model of the Honda CR-V is due for its debut in the year 2017.

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