The 2023 Honda CR-V is getting a makeover, as seen by spy photographs of the remodeled SUV spotted testing in Germany. The test vehicle has a new grille, new front, and backlighting features, and new wheels. The CR-V is slated to be available with both gasoline and hybrid powertrains, but we believe an electric version is also in the works, possibly to arrive at some point during 2023.
The next CR-V appears to be expanding in length proportionally, which could indicate that Honda aims to drop an optional third-row inside to compete with the models such as Mitsubishi Outlander.
Honda CR-V Spy Images
Despite the swirling camouflage wrap, the 2023 Honda CR-V prototype has a simpler front end, with the new grille with a cleaner mesh design. This means Honda will ditch the current trim elements from the front fascia. The headlights appear to be sleeker and edgier, while the whole front design appears to be inspired by the new HR-V model. The front bumper appears to be less blocky, but it’s unclear what additional stylistic features the camouflage may conceal.
The CR-V prototype appears to be longer than the current model, which could allow Honda to fit in a third row. This would allow the CR-V to compete more effectively. However, it will also make room for the HR-V to remain the sole five-seater in the lineup. Anyway, the redesign is happening and we are waiting for more details. Lastly, the rear section is a complete mystery at the moment. Because of that, we don’t know if Honda will opt for the horizontal or vertical taillights.
The inclusion of a three-row model will be one of the most significant changes, at least for the US market. Previously, such a model was offered in Europe, but with the same wheelbase as the regular version, the third row wasn’t really practical. As a result, the new 2023 Honda CR-V will have a noticeably longer wheelbase, which should allow additional space in the third row. As always, we anticipate that the new model will have one of the class-leading cargo areas.
The new dashboard is already in the works, and we anticipate seeing a lot of inspiration from the new Civic, which looks just stunning. We also anticipate a slew of new technological features, including a new version of the infotainment, and a completely new digital instrument cluster.
CR-V Hybrid Will Arrive as Well
The forthcoming 2023 Honda CR-V should not surprise, at least not in terms of powertrain options. We anticipate that the base model will include the same 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that produces roughly 190 horsepower. The engine comes with a CVT transmission, and it provides a smooth ride. It has quick acceleration and smooth operation, and it also has a good fuel economy. The latest generation gets up to 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway.
However, the hybrid version could arrive in the coming months. Despite the fact that the current version was introduced only a few years ago, the underlying system dates back several years. That is why many people assume Honda will release a new one. According to most sources, a plug-in hybrid arrangement is a must at the moment. Some reports are also mentioning the all-electric variant, but this is unlikely to happen next year.
2023 Honda CR-V Release Date, Price
The next-gen 2023 Honda CR-V will naturally cost more. This means you can get a new CR-V SUV for around $28,000. On the other hand, the hybrid variant should cost closer to $40k. The sales will begin next year, most likely during the summer.