2018 Honda CRV brings a significant amount of changes and improvements compared to its predecessor. In its fifth generation, this popular SUV arrives first at the US market, and then to other world markets. US customers, the new model will be available during 2017. European buyers will have to wait for the beginning of 2018.
To Chinese customers will be offered a hybrid version of the model, which was presented at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. Later, it is expected that this version is available in other markets. With this new version of the redesign, the new generation is trying to ‘escape’ competition. After the facelift, which were done in 2015, 2018 CR-V goes a step further. In addition to design changes, the new model gets a larger dimension. This makes it significantly closer to a larger model from Honda’s game, Honda Pilot model.
Changes in the new generation does not only concern the increase in size. 2018 model is set to the new platform. In addition, the new Honda CR-V comes with a new, improved systems and functions. In addition, there are new powertrains, as well as improved transmission. Sure, exterior and interior design was changed.
The platform of the new generation is ‘borrowed’ from the tenth generation Honda Civic models. It is a new modular chassis. The new platform offers the possibility of adapting AWD system. Also, it is possible to increase the wheelbase. 2018 Honda CRV has a wheelbase of 106.3 inches, a length of the vehicle is increased by 2 inches.
Increasing the size of the vehicle causes a greater comfort inside the vehicle. In addition, the interior of vehicles are characterized by improved materials and finish to the surface. There is a new infotainment system, as well as better insulation from noise and outside influences. At the end of the 2018 model offers, and bodywork version with three rows of seats.
Great influence on the new, revised exterior design feature models Acura brand. The 2018 Honda CRV adopted sportier look, with larger, more aggressive front grille. Impact Acura design is clearly visible with the light looks groups. Also, there is a new look to the hood and front fascia. All in all, the new generation is losing MPV design elements, and becomes pro-field-oriented SUV.
2018 CR-V gets four-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a 174 horsepower. There are also a revised 2.0-liter petrol engine and the diesel engine of 1.6-liter. As already mentioned, the offer will complement the 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid model.
The new generation model arrives with a 6-speed manual transmission and FWD as standard. In its higher trim levels, 2018 CRV comes with AWD and 9-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Honda CRV Hybrid
For starters, the hybrid version of the new model will only be available on the Chinese market. This hybrid model is presented in Shanghai. For now it is known that this version has a Honda Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive System. Accordingly, it is expected that the hybrid system is similar to that of the Honda Accord Hybrid model. This means that the 2018 Honda CRV Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. The gasoline engine delivers 143 horsepower, while the overall strength of the whole system 212 horsepower.
2018 Honda CRV Price
All changes and improvements do not affect the increase in the price of the vehicle. However, three-row verzion and hybrid versions can bring some movement in the price list.