Next Honda CR-V Might Have Plug-In Hybrid Option

The next Honda CR-V might debut next year, and reports say the popular crossover will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The current CR-V launched in 2011 and was refreshed in 2014, so a 2017 target date for the fifth-generation model feels about right, given the timing of product launch cycles. Details are scarce, but reports suggest that the next generation CR-V is being developed in North America.

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A teaser sketch suggests that the CR-V will borrow styling cues from the current Honda Civic, which is on its tenth generation right now. That’s not surprising, given both the Civic’s popularity, and more importantly, the fact that the CR-V will share its platform with the Civic.

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A Japanese media outlet is reporting that the available plug-in hybrid variant will have a 2.0-liter gas engine that mates with an electric motor, but more detailed specs aren’t available.

Other powertrains will likely include naturally aspirated and turbocharged gasoline four-cylinders, and possibly a diesel engine as well (it’s unclear what market that engine would be targeted to). There are also hints that Honda may either stretch the CR-V to have seven-passenger seating, or the company could offer separate five- and seven-seat variants.

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