It’s no secret that the Japanese manufacturer is working on the next generation of the popular crossover. Even though the outgoing model still makes impressive sales numbers, it’s time for updates. Honda has ambitions to overtake the leading position on the market from the RAV4 and for that, it will have to bring a lot of new things to the table. This means a variety of versions, including ones with a hybrid powertrain. The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid seems like a certain thing, but we expect big changes compared to the current electrified version of the compact crossovers.
The current generation makes pretty impressive sales numbers and a big part of it goes to the hybrid model. More than 50.000 units have been sold last year, which is a clear indicator that the electrified CR-V has a bright future. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid will come in more variants than before. Besides the classic hybrid setup, we count on a plug-in hybrid version as well. Eventually, the all-electric CR-V would come one day.
Besides the electrified powertrain, the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid will come with many other novelties. It will receive a full redesign, which should bring a lot of upgrades over the current model. This refers to mechanics, styling, interior quality, tech features as well.
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Redesign
Just like the standard gasoline version, the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid will receive a complete redesign. At this point, the test mule still wears complete camouflage. Obviously, it’s early to talk about details, particularly in terms of the styling. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t predict more basic things.
Of course, this primarily refers to mechanics and the overall chassis setup. Compared to the outgoing model, the new one will be bigger. The latest reports suggest a notably longer wheelbase, which indicates a three-row version as well, but we will get on that in the “interior” section. Naturally, the suspension setup should bring further upgrades, which means we should expect an even smoother ride and more athleticism.
As we’ve just mentioned, the test mule still wears camouflage. Still, some things can be seen despite the cover. As we already mentioned, the wheelbase seems to be notably longer. Furthermore, the shape seems a little bit different, considering that the hood is longer. Such a design approach should make the CR-V look more appealing and more elegant.
On the other hand, the new face is yet to be revealed. At this point, we may only presume that some of the styling solutions will be taken from the new HR-V, but we also believe it could take some inspiration from bigger models, particularly the Accord and the recently updated Passport. More details about the styling will come once the new model starts taking off the camo.
On the inside, we expect significant changes compared to the outgoing model. The current generation looks really nice from the inside. The build quality and materials are pretty impressive. However, the dashboard looks a little bit too conventional, which makes the CR-V look less appealing than rivals, despite the better quality. That’s why we count on significantly different dashboard designs.
We presume that most of the inspiration will be taken from the new Civic. The legendary compact car came with a completely new interior design, which is simple and comes with lots of retro elements. This classic styling is complemented with lots of tech features and such a combination gives a special flavor to the cabin design. We presume that the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid will be similarly designed from the inside.
On the other hand, the aspect that won’t bring such radical changes in the cabin space. The current generation is already among the class leaders in this aspect, so we don’t expect too significant changes for the next year. Still, keep in mind that the new model is about to feature a longer wheelbase, which will certainly bring more legroom for the passengers. This also means that a three-row version will probably be offered, which means that Honda also aims at VW Tiguan and Mitsubishi Outlander buyers.
The cargo area could bring some improvements as well. Still, keep in mind that the current model already stands pretty well in this aspect. It offers around 33.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 68.7 cubic feet, which is pretty good for a hybrid SUV.
Naturally, we expect that this redesign will bring a lot of new tech features. One of the first things that come to mind is the new infotainment system. Of course, it will be the same one that came in the new Civic, which feels way better than the previous one. It is way more intuitive and offers better graphics too. We presume that base versions will come with a 7-inch unit, while the bigger 9-inch screen would be an option.
Another thing we expect to see is the same 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster from Civic, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see something bigger in this case. Furthermore, the list of tech goodies should include things like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, a more advanced audio system etc. Finally, we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer will offer a full load of advanced safety features and driver aids.
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Powertrain
When it comes to powertrain, we count on new hybrid systems to be offered. The current model comes with a system that combines a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with a couple of electric motors. The whole system puts out around 212 horsepower and comes in pair with a CVT gearbox.
The new generation should bring some upgrades. We presume that the overall setup would be pretty similar, but with improvements regarding power, fuel economy and overall efficiency. The details are still unavailable. Of course, the new system will also come in pair with a CVT gearbox.
Besides the classic hybrid setup, we believe that the new generation will also come with a plug-in hybrid setup on the offer. In this case, we would expect to see a pretty similar setup, though with more powerful electric motors and higher combined output. Naturally, this version would feature a much bigger battery, which would ensure decent autonomy as well.
An all-electric version could also come some day, though we are pretty sure this won’t happen in the next few years.
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid will hit the market sometime in the second half of the year. The current generation starts at around 32.000 dollars and we believe that the new model won’t be much more expensive. On the other hand, the plug-in hybrid would cost notably more. Key competitors will be models like Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid etc.