Honda's new hybrid-powered CR-V will be the largest SUV ever offered by the Japanese manufacture when it arrives in UK showrooms this autumn.
The first newly-launched model to start Honda's strategy of phasing out diesel engines with the help of a new hybrid drivetrain has had a “heavily revised” design as the wheelbase is increased by 40mm and a width increase of 35mm.
A seven-seat option delivers reclining seats on all three rows, while boot capacity boasts the “biggest ever” loading bay footprint in a CR-V.
Honda said that these improvements have created a load space with a maximum loading length of 1,830mm on the five seater (or 1800mm on the seven seater) – up 250mm on the previous model and big enough to accommodate a 19.5inch frame mountain bike.
The updated model has a host of convenience and technology features. Starting from Elegance trim, twin USB ports are available in the rear, while executive grades also benefit from a hands-free tailgate, complete with the ability to set opening height for use in confined spaces.
First deliveries of the all-new Honda CR-V in Europe are expected in autumn 2018, with a 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine available from launch and a five seat hybrid model following early in 2019.
Full prices and specifications for the new CR-V will be published closer to its official release date.