Created in the year 1995, Honda CR-V is a car that always garners worldwide attention. This compact crossover is undoubtedly one of Honda’s finest productions. In fact, it is so popular that the Japanese automaker is looking to introduce a new generation 2018 Honda CR-V. Speculations are rife that a slightly redesigned version of this compact crossover SUV will soon make market entry.
Statistically speaking, this car sports a rather healthy sales turnover amongst North American markets. So, people will expect to see the latest rendition to offer an even better return on investment.
2018 Honda CR-V can come with hosts of subtle design changes. Here are few questions answered that pinpoint why this car may just exceed all expectations.
Will 2018 Honda CR-V have a new interior?
Rumors say that Honda has put a lot of thought into designing this portion; to make the car more comfortable and cozy. Expect to get a significantly redesigned dash, which will have a more digitized outlook. Driver information system is a more intuitive and fluid affair, making driving this car significantly safer.
Dashboard gets a brand new 7-inch touch sensitive infotainment screen; which will come with integrated volume controls. 2018 Honda CR-V can get a steering wheel that is exactly similar to Honda Civic; which is quite popular. Another new element is that this car gets center console mounted stick-shifter; similar to Honda’s minivans.
The Honda CR-V 2018 will still seat 5 people, but its fresh design changes will give it larger boot space; probably the best in its class.
Will 2018 Honda CR-V get new engine specs?
Probably not; but customers can expect this crossover to come in a couple of engine options. Like for instance, standard models can house a 2.4 liter naturally aspired in line 4 cylinder engine; which produces about 185 HP at 190 lb-ft of torque.
Other, more powerful engine option can come in a 1.5-liter turbocharged power plant, which pumps out 190 HP with 180 lb-ft of torque. Honda will still use its Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) in this crossover.
Power from the engine will travel to all four wheels. Now coming to fuel economy, expect 2018 Honda CR-V to boast EPA ratings of 28 mpg is cities and 35 mpg on highways.
Will this car actually look brand new?
Coming to exteriors, critics say that Honda has taken a rather unchanged stand. Don’t expect to see anything dramatically different in this year’s crossover. However, the new car looks quite fresh and with some pleasing upgrades.
Front fascia gets a larger Honda grille, which is bracketed by two imposing projector headlamps. This sized upgrade makes the car more muscular and imposing. The car will get a nice premium touch with its outward sweeping headlights.
Talking of rear fascia, expect the Honda to feature traditional L –shaped Honda lights with LED technology. Some high-end trims can come equipped with perks like dual exhaust and a rear spoiler.
How much will 2018 Honda CR-V cost? And when is it coming out?
Speaking of release dates, Honda is still due tom finalize a suitable final date. But experts and market analysts predict this car to touch US shores by June 2018, or earlier.
Now coming to costs, Honda will look to take on some hefty competitors like Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5. So, the Japanese will introduce a strategic price tag. Entry level 2018 Honda CR-V trims can cost around $25,000 or less.