The 2017 Honda CR-V is Here, and it Looks Better Than Ever!
Honda has pulled the sheets off the 2017 Honda CR-V, and trust me when I say that any resemblance with the small, basic and inexpensive crossover Honda created in 1997 is completely—gone.
The all-new CR-V is expected to go on sale this winter, and it boasts lots of new firsts for the popular crossover. An all-new body and chassis, along with the nameplate’s first ever turbocharged engine aim at making the CR-V a much more premium, bold and sophisticated vehicle than it’s ever been. Oh, and will you look at those wheels!
“The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every imaginable way, delivering more performance, space and premium content together with higher fuel economy ratings and value than ever before,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V.”
The 2017 CR-V in EX and higher trims will feature a powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine currently rated at 190 horsepower, while the LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC motor. No EPA figures were released on either engine, though Honda said they’d be available closer to the vehicle’s launch. A CVT seems to be the only transmission available as of now, and both FWD and AWD models will be available for purchase at the time of launch.
The new design isn’t only stylish and trendsetting, but it makes a statement against more premium brands like Land Rover and Volvo; both who have built entry-level models to appear to a broader audience. While this new CR-V is a far-cry from the original austere model, the new and radical design and cutting-edge technology are quite welcomed after a few years of relative stagnation. Although with over 4 million CR-Vs sold since 1997, sales have been everything but stagnant.
We look forward to seeing the CR-V in person some time later this year, so stay tuned!