For almost 25 years, the CR-V has been one of the first names that come to mind when someone mentions compact crossover. Even these days, when the competition is tougher than ever, this model strongly holds its excellent position on the market, thanks to amazing design characteristics in many aspects. You will hardly find another compact crossover that combines quality, functionality and practicality in such a great way. However, that doesn’t mean that the current model is without drawbacks. That’s the main reason why the upcoming 2020 Honda CR-V is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh. The current generation has been around since 2016 and considering the model’s usual production cycle, this seems like a perfect time to see updates.
The testing model has been spotted on the road and it looks like it will bring some quite interesting novelties. More details will be known once the testing model takes off the camouflage. We expect to see it on the market sometime late in the year.
2020 Honda CR-V Design Changes
If we can rely on the latest reports, there is a fine amount of changes to come for the next year. The 2020 Honda CR-V is about to receive a typical mid-cycle refresh. Of course, the focus will be on aesthetics. The testing model has been spotted on the road but it still wears a camouflage, so we can’t discuss details. Still, we can easily see which areas are about to receive novelties. It seems obvious that the styling changes will be mild. Of course, most of them will come to the front.
The area that will suffer most is the front fascia and bumper. We will also see a new mesh grille pattern, while headlights are about to remain pretty much untouched. The rear end will come with novelties too. At this point, we know for sure that the rear bumper will undergo some revisions, as well as that a new dual exhaust system is about to come. Finally, we expect to see those typical updates, such as new color options, new sets of wheels and similar things.
Naturally, details about the interior changes are currently unavailable. Still, we believe that some tweaks will come. A slight reconfiguration on the dashboard is possible, as well as a completely new infotainment system, with a new touchscreen. Still, the overall interior layout is about to remain largely the same and that’s not the bad thing at all. The current model features a pretty nice cabin, full of quality materials. This update would probably bring a couple of new, more attractive color schemes.
The overall layout is about to remain the same. This crossover is well-known for its practicality and functionality. The overall comfort is great, mainly because of a huge amount of interior space. This includes cargo are as well, which is one of the most generous in the class. You can count on more than 39 cubic feet, while the overall cargo space goes all away up to 75.8 cubic feet, which is easily comparable with many mid-size crossovers.
The aspect where we expect to see a lot of changes with this update is the list of standard features. The current model isn’t very generous when it comes to standard features in base trims. It comes only with a 5-inch audio display screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and four speakers. We presume that the 2020 Honda CR-V will add a lot of tech goodies, starting from a 7-inch touchscreen, new infotainment system and many more things.
The list of standard safety features is also pretty short for today’s industry standards, so we count on a serious expansion with this update. Some of the advanced systems that come to mind are lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, collision mitigation, forward collision warning etc.
2020 Honda CR-V Engine
This aspect probably won’t bring changes, despite the fact that the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid has been rumored. Most likely, the upcoming model will continue with two familiar gasoline units. Base models will carry on with a well-known 2.4-liter engine that delivers 184 horsepower. On the other side, higher trims will come with a little bit peppier and more efficient 1.5-liter turbo engine, which delivers around 190 horses and 179 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines come in pair with a CVT gearbox. The optional turbo engine has better fuel economy, which goes around 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are pretty impressive numbers for the class.
2020 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
Despite the update, the 2020 Honda CR-V is about to come sometime late in the year. Bigger changes in price are not expected, so base versions should go around 24.500 dollars.