2022 Honda CR-V spy shots: Redesign coming for popular crossover

Honda has been spotted testing a prototype for what’s likely to be its next-generation CR-V.

The CR-V has grown in size over the years from a compact into a small crossover that in some markets can even be ordered with a third row. It appears the trend will continue with the new sixth-generation model which should arrive later this year as a 2022 model (the current CR-V arrived in 2016 as a 2017 model).

The redesigned CR-V’s styling has clearly been influenced by the latest Accord, with the grille and headlight treatment almost a match. The proportions are different to the current CR-V, with the hood appearing longer and the rear overhang also appearing stretched out a bit.

2022 Honda CR-V spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Honda CR-V spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The platform is likely to be the same one destined for a redesigned Civic due out this spring as a 2022 model. The interior is also likely to be a match, judging by the design of the infotainment screen and the position of its control knob seen in one of the shots.

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It isn’t clear what Honda has planned for the powertrain lineup. However, it’s likely the current CR-V’s 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 base option will carry over, along with the hybrid setup that was just added for 2020. The hybrid setup relies on a 2.0-liter inline-4. In both cases a continuously variable transmission is fitted. Buyers of the redesigned CR-V should have the option between front- and all-wheel drive.

Even though there’s a lot of competition in the space, including from the luxury marques, the CR-V is still a top-seller. The current generation has averaged over 350,000 annual sales in the United States alone, and even with the Covid-19 restrictions last year a total 333,502 examples were sold. In other words, this is a redesign Honda can’t afford to mess up.

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