The Honda CR-V has long been a favorite with consumers, and the current model is also the automaker’s best-selling vehicle overall. However, the fifth-gen CR-V is beginning to show its age after launching in 2016 for the 2017 model year, so it’s no surprise that Ford Authority spies captured the next-generation 2023 Honda CR-V driving around Germany recently.
This particular 2023 Honda CR-V prototype is heavily camouflaged, but we can see several changes present in the upcoming Ford Escape rival’s bodywork that are worth noting. That includes a front end with a simpler, cleaner design than the current model, with a more traditional mesh grille in the center. The sixth-gen CR-V also sports a set of slimmer headlights that aren’t quite as angled as the current crossover, either.
The 2023 CR-V’s front-end design is certainly more conventional than the current model, and the overall look is more reminiscent of the forthcoming 2023 HR-V, bringing it in line with Honda’s future design direction. From the side, the prototype looks a bit longer than the current model as well, which could signal that Honda wants to add third-row seating to better compete with its newer rivals, though that doesn’t include the Escape – at least not in the U.S.
The rear end of the CR-V prototype is wearing quite a bit more camo that disguises its revised appearance, so it’s hard to tell if the next-gen model will retain the current model’s vertical taillights or go with a more conventional horizontal layout, though these certainly look like the latter.
In terms of powertrains, the 2023 Honda CR-V is expected to continue to offer a traditional ICE engine as well as a hybrid option. It’s also quite possible that an all-electric variant is in the works, but that likely won’t launch until at least a couple of years into the new CR-V’s life cycle. A CR-V EV would likely be powered by GM’s Ultium battery technology as part of the two automakers’ recently-announced partnership as Honda plans to electrify its entire lineup by 2040.
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Compact Crossovers - Q2 2021 - United States
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
|FORD BRONCO SPORT||*||60,514||0||4%||0%|
|MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS||-31.33%||4,358||6,346||0%||1%|
Currently, the CR-V trails only the Toyota RAV4 in the mainstream compact crossover segment in the U.S. in terms of sales, and it has grown its share by three percent over the last year. The CR-V has cut into the RAV4’s market share considerably over the last year, however, as the latter has actually lost a bit of ground in recent months.
The 2023 CR-V is expected to launch at some point in 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle, with a full reveal likely coming in early 2022.