Honda has once again raised eyebrows with reports of the imminent release of the more youthful 2019 Honda CR-V. The CR-V remains one of the most popular vehicles, and its sales have been skyrocketing since back in 2009. Although sales declined slightly in 2008, the compact crossover recovered very quickly and went back on track.
Now, Honda has hinted at a possible launch of its new compact SUV in the second half of next year. Reports trickling into our newsrooms claim the new Honda CR-V crossover would carry an excellent interior, impressive exterior, and a highly-altered engine package. Several allegations claim the new vehicle would top the car dealerships throughout the world.
2019 Honda CR-V – Uses the same platform as Honda Civic
The new-gen 2019 Honda CR-V uses the same platform as Honda Civic, and over 50% of its body framework is high-strength steel. Its front façade includes the standard multi-reflector halogen headlights, but the Touring receives LED headlights. All CR-Vs will get LED daytime running lights as standard. The Touring trim will come equipped with a Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate that uses sensors beneath the rear bumper to open the tailgate.
Worth noting, this model is available in four distinct trims—EX, LX, EX-L, and the Touring trim. The updated model is slated to convey Active Shutter Grille System for the first time in Honda’s history. The facelifted CR-V offers guaranteed comfort thanks to the preventative features like advance noise control, vibration, and harshness detection device.
The base 2019 Honda CR-V LX trim rides on 17-inch wheels as standard, though the available 18-inch alloys will become optional. The inbound CR-V is available in ten exterior colors, five of which are pearl and the rest are metallic colors. The purported exterior shades include Crystal Black Pearl, Basque Red Pearl, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Molten Lava Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Dark Olive Metallic, Sandstorm Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic, and Modern Steel Metallic.
The interior of the 2019 Honda CR-V is more spacious than ever before. There are three interior colors, including Gray, Black, and Ivory. The EX and LX receive seats made of fiber, whereas leather upholstery is reserved for top-tier Touring and EX-L trims. Front seats have a power adjustment option with three heating levels.
Rear seats are set to include a foldable option with the 60/40 ratio. Cargo volume stands at 37.2 cubic feet while folded seats increase it to 70.9 cubic feet. The storage area also comprises the 2-level floor mode. In upper levels, you get a flat surface for sleeping or storing extended objects.
Behind the steering wheel is a seven-inch TFT Driver Infotainment Color Interface, which displays digital speedometer, analog tachometer, and other optional info. In the base trims, the center console area highlights a standard five-inch display with USB port, Pandora, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Hands-Free Link function.
Top-spec trims get a seven-inch touchscreen audio display that integrates Android OS. The supposed system also accommodates HondaLink content, Bluetooth connectivity, and AM/FM. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms.
2019 Honda CR-V – Engine and Gearbox
The 2019 Honda CR-V offers two engine choices. There are a 1.5-liter and 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder drivetrains with direct injection. This engines will yield 184- 190 HP. The LX trim is powered by the 2.4-liter while the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims feature the 1.5-liter engine. Rumor has it that the newcomer will inherit the two powertrains in addition to another new engine in the lineup.
The other engine is more likely to be a plug-in hybrid. We expect the vehicle to combine a 2.0-liter gasoline 4-cylinder with two electric motors. At the moment, we don’t know the power, torque and towing capacity of this engine. We recently reached out to Honda for its part of the story, but the company didn’t clear these allegations. So, we only have to wait for the official proclamation.
Regarding transmission, the 2019 Honda CR-V gets either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. The Japanese compact crossover maintains all the driving modes. All trims are likely to be FWD, except the Touring trim that gets AWD as an option.
2019 Honda CR-V – Date of Arrival and MSRP
The 2019 Honda CR-V will arrive in the second half of the next year. As for the price, the base LX model will probably cost around $25,000 while the top-spec Touring could sell for $33,000. Stay tuned for more news as they become available in our newsrooms.