The new generation 2018 Honda CR-V is now being prepared for release. The competition in already crowded compact SUV segment is getting hotter with time. The Honda joined the bandwagon sometimes back with the CR-V and it has received a decent level of success.
However, lack of enough power train choices proved to be a hindrance for the widespread success of the model. It will lock horns with rivals such as the Toyota Rav 4, VW Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape.
2018 Honda CR-V – Aggressive and Sophisticated Styling
The 2018 Honda CR-V comes with more aggressive and sophisticated exterior styling than the existing version. It is angular and a few curvatures are also seen. The front side has a similar styling as stable mates like Civic and Honda BR-V.
The 2018 Honda CR-V will come in 4 trims- LX, EX, EX-L and top end Touring. The exterior styling is more aerodynamic. All trims are expected to get LED DRL and dual exhausts at back. The active shutter grille is a bit tweaked and wheel options have been enhanced for 2018. Exterior color choices include dark olive metallic, molten lava pearl, modern steel metallic, white diamond pearl etc.
The cabin of the 2018 Honda CR-V is sleek and laden with amenities. Except for the base LX trim, all trims get enough amenities and the available option is aplenty as well. The dashboard layout is clean and the cabin is quite spacious. The geeks will appreciate the inbuilt entertainment and technological features. While the vehicle has been a 5 seater one in some armlets the 2018 model will be shipped as a 7 seater.
Thankfully, the 2018 Honda CR-V is going to be equipped with a lot of advanced safety technologies that will give it some edge over segment competitors. The active standard safety features are Vehicle Stability Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution with ABS, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera.
The EX and upper trims get features like Collision Mitigation Braking System and Road Departure Mitigation System. All trims get enough number of airbags to provide passengers cushion from crash and collisions. EX and later trims also get embedded Driver Assist Technology which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring System and Auto High-Beam Headlights.
The LX trim gets Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlight, Remote Entry, Intermittent Windshield Wipers, Automatic Climate Control, Cruise Control, 12-Volt Power Outlet but not much infotainment features. These are reserved for EX and upper trims.
The EX gets fog lights, body colored door handles and side mirrors, smart entry, One-Touch Power Moon roof, Rear privacy glass, Variable Intermittent Windshield Wiper, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Power windows, HondaLink infotainment system. EX-L trim gets Power Tailgate with Programmable Height, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, HomeLink Remote System, and enhanced audio setup.
The top Touring trim also gets LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off, rains sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wiper, Dual Chrome Exhaust Tips, White Ambient LED Lighting, a 330-Watt Premium Audio System, HD radio, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. The HondaLink infotainment system works well but it still needs some refinements to match up to what rivals offer.
Engine Specs of the 2018 Honda CR-V
The existing CR-V is going to be equipped with a diesel engine along with the gasoline one. The 2.4-litre petrol engine is going to be tweaked for better fuel economy figures. A new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine will also be there.
The petrol engine’s output is approx 184 HP. The diesel engine will churn out 190 HP but it is quite beefy. They will be clubbed with a ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox. The FWD will be standard while AWD will be optional.
Release Date, Price and Final Thought
The exact release date of 2018 Honda CR-V is not clear. However, sometimes in late 2017 Honda may unveil it for sale. The base trim pricing will be close to $ 25,000, as per industry buzz. Top trim pricing is around $33,000 at default setup.
The 2018 Honda CR-V is a nice compact SUV that has been revamped for 2018, both in styling and power trains. The exterior styling is more enticing and somewhat aggressive. The cabin is sleek, amenity laden and spacious. Honda has packed with a powerful diesel engine with the 2018 CR-V and that may boost its prospects to an extent.
The pricing is not clear but the 2018 Honda CR-V has every prospect of giving the segment rivals a run for their money.