New 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid spotted testing again

Honda's sixth-generation CR-V family SUV is due in 2023, most likely with hybrid power only this time around

New 2023 Honda CR-V

This is the upcoming sixth-generation Honda CR-V, spied while testing in public roads in Germany ahead of its unveiling. The new CR-V is expected to be unveiled at some point in 2022 as a 2023 model-year car. It'll remain Honda's largest SUV in Europe and a rival to the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai.

The car's disguise is pretty comprehensive, so exact styling details are well hidden; the new CR-V looks to be bigger than before, with a squared-off body offering good interior space. It looks as though the new model will take some styling cues from the recently revealed new HR-V, but we'll have to wait for the disguise to be lifted to find out for sure.

Similarly, we've yet to see the car's interior, but its style is likely to follow in the footsteps of the HR-V's and, to some degree, the Honda e's, with a minimalist approach and a focus on the brand's recently uprated infotainment systems.

Underneath that reprofiled exterior the CR-V is expected to use the same platform as the next-generation Honda Civic; power is most likely to come from the brand's e:HEV hybrid technology, with no purely petrol or diesel version offered.

The hybrid system is most likely to use a 2.0-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, working in the same way as the system in the Honda Jazz. This would also mean a CVT gearbox and would give the potential for both two and four-wheel drive options.

As with the smaller HR-V, it's expected that the CR-V will ditch purely combustion-engine options as part of the brand's focus on electrification; Honda has plans for all of its models to be electrified by 2022. We may even see more pure-electric options arrive somewhere down the line – including a HR-V-sized electric SUV hinted at by the company's UK boss, based on the SUV e:prototype concept car.

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