A new Honda CR-V is on its way later this year, and we already have a decent idea of what the new compact SUV might look like thanks to patent renderings that leaked online back in February. Now, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which handles new vehicle regulations and certification, has released real images of what looks to be the new 2023 Honda CR-V, showing off a fresh new design that mirrors what we saw in the previous leak and in an earlier artist’s rendering we put together. Is this the CR-V we’ll also get stateside?
The images leave a lot to be desired — there’s not a lot of points for style here — but they do appear to show the key updates coming to the next-gen Honda CR-V, at least for the Chinese market. There’s an overall redesign that looks to us like a larger take on the HR-V’s recently debuted body styling, with redesigned front and rear bumpers, new taillights, and seemingly two different rear-view mirror options, one with “lanewatch” technology for blind -spot monitoring.
The translated image captions also appear to describe a panoramic camera and front parking sensors, which are shown in the images. There’s also two different wheel designs pictured which don’t appear to match the wheels currently available on the CR-V on Honda’s US website.
Engine1 also got some more details from the Chinese government’s website, listing the new CR-V at 185.1 inches long and 73.4 inches wide, weighing in at 3,714 pounds, compared to the current US CR-V at 182.1 inches long, 73 inches wide, and up to 3,455 pounds (for the AWD model). Two vehicles were featured; a five-seater layout with all-wheel drive, and a seven-seater layout without AWD.
The Chinese government’s website unfortunately did not upload any images of the interior, but we can make some educated guesses for what should come on the new US CR-V when it debuts this year. As we’ve outlined before, it’s likely the US CR-V receives an upgrade to its interior on par with the recent Honda Civic update, including a larger infotainment screen mounted on the dashboard. As seen above, the new CR-V is expected to grow slightly larger to accommodate third-row seating, which would better position it against competitors like the Kia Sorento and VW Tiguan.
As for power, expect the US CR-V to carry over from current offerings, likely with tweaked updates. That would include the current 1.5-liter turbo I-4 base engine and a 2.0-liter I-4 for the hybrid model, and it’s possible we finally get a plug-in hybrid variant with this generation, maybe later down the road, as well. All models will likely be paired with a CVT. New additions, like third-row seating and a plug-in hybrid option, would better position the CR-V, currently the second best-selling compact crossover in the US, against the Toyota Rav4 currently holding the top spot.