The fifth generation of the CR-V has been released no that long ago and so far the car has been a real success. It is, by a good margin, considerably better than its predecessor. On top of that, it offers better fuel efficiency, more power and more features for the same price. Base models can be had for as little as $24,500 which is quite good considering what you get for the money. Even though it is quite new, it seems the car is about to receive an update in the upcoming year. The future 2019 Honda CR-V is not only expected to get a new engine but also the third row of seats. The latter is expected to be marketed under a slightly different name but the car won’t change much from its predecessor.
New CR-V 2018 in India!
According to the latest information, Honda plans to launch six new models in the Indian market in 2018. Among them is the new 2018 Honda CR-V. This SUV will be equipped with a 1.6-liter twin-turbo diesel engine, with 150hp and 350Nm top torque. So far, nothing is said about the model for 2019, it is still in the testing phase.
2019 Honda CR-V Review
The 2019 model of the CR-V is still expected to boast the same wheelbase, length and width as the ongoing model. The three-row model will more than likely receive an all-new interior layout but more on that later. Its price hasn’t been revealed but we doubt much will change over its predecessor. The car’s design, overall trim levels as well as most of the interior of the regular model won’t change much which is to be expected with a car that has been released a short while ago.
This has been a rumor floating around the internet for more than 2 years at this point. Even though not official, it seems that the 2019 Honda CR-V is finally going to be the car to receive the extra row of seats. The middle seats are set to move forward while most of the trunk will accommodate an extra two seats.
There are going to be some drawbacks. Those in the back will benefit from a really small amount of legroom and headroom but this is to be expected considering the seats will actually be intended for short journeys or children. However, thanks to those extra two seats the CR-V will be able to offer more versatility without many other drawbacks.
Both versions of the car are likely going to receive an even better infotainment system, possibly slightly better materials and even a new trim level. The latter would be targeted at those looking to get a premium crossover without the usual price of such a car.
Considering the car has been released a few months ago, we doubt the 2019 Honda CR-V will change all that much. The only real differences will likely be seen on the upcoming trim level, the Hybrid. This has been revealed a while ago in Shanghai and it seems it will bring a few cosmetic tweaks.
The car will get a different front bumper, new alloy wheels, slightly different black plastic inserts on the sides as well as it will be available with a couple of new color schemes.
Engine and Specs 2019 Honda CR-V
The base model of the 2019 Honda CR-V is unlikely going to stick with the old 2.4 liters naturally aspirated mill. While this is not that bad offering 184 horsepower, it is not really that capable when it comes to fuel consumption.
2018 Honda CR-V 2WD LX
|Engine||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Gas Mileage||26/32 mpg City/Hwy|
|Body Style||Sport Utility|
Because of that, it is safe to assume the base model of the new car will get the 1.5 liters turbocharged inline 4 engine. This is currently an optional extra but it will more than likely become a standard feature.
With 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, this is quite a bit more capable than the larger inline 4. On top of that, it is also known to be more fuel efficient and better to drive thanks to all that torque is available from just 2,000 rpm.
The new Hybrid will receive a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 coupled to a set of electric motors. This will be the same system as in the Accord and it is expected to offer over 200 horsepower and over 30 MPG on average. The three-rows model of the CR-V, on the other hand, is likely not going to be available with any of them.
Instead, it may receive Honda’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. This is known to make over 250 horsepower and as much as 300 lb-ft of torque. With it, the CR-V should have no problems competing in its class.
Release and Price
There is no accurate information when the new CR-V will be exhibited in the showrooms, but we expect it at the end of 2018. The price will not change significantly, which means that the basic model should be about $26,000
- 2018 Model Colors
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Obsidian Blue Pearl
- Dark Olive Metallic
- Gunmetal Metallic
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Molten Lava Pearl
- Basque Red Pearl
Review By: Sinisa Vujinovic