New 2023 Honda CR-V brings upgraded hybrid and fresh design

The body is said to be 15% stiffer, while the suspension and steering have been tuned for better handling and responsiveness.

As previewed in earlier images of prototypes testing on European roads, the CR-V has been extensively redesigned for what Honda calls a “stronger, more aggressive presence”.

It cites inspiration from the US-market Ridgeline pick-up truck and Passport SUV, highlighting a beltline that emphasizes a 69mm increase in length, as well as a 41mm extension to the wheelbase and a subtle 10mm increase to its width.

Trim designations will vary in Europe, but the entry-level EX and EX-L cars in the US get a black grille with chrome surround, colour-coded wing mirrors, a small roof spoiler and standard 18in wheels. Range-topping Sport and Sporting Touring cars get bespoke grille mesh patterns, rectangular exhaust exits and extra black details, as well as the option of 19in wheels.

Inside, meanwhile, the relationship with the new Civic is clear. A 7.0in digital dial display is standard, there’s a wide center console with USB-A and USB-C chargers and a 7.0in or 9.0in free-standing infotainment touchscreen (with smartphone mirroring functionality optional) sits atop a minimalist dashboard decorated by a honeycomb-effect wraparound air vent.

Honda also points out an increase in rear leg room and a boost in boot capacity to just over 1000 litres.

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