With the Honda HR-V now on the market, the Japanese automaker wants to widen the gap between the CR-V and its smaller sibling by making it larger and possibly offering seven seats as standard. Interestingly, Honda is looking to rival more luxurious offerings with the 2017 Honda CR-V, aiming to compete with models such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC60. In addition, Honda’s head of cars in the U.K., Leon Brennan, hinted that four-wheel drive could also be standard, as the CR-V looks to add more features to make it more competitive at possibly a higher price point.
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The next-generation CR-V will borrow some design cues from the new HR-V, especially in the interior where it will incorporate the smaller crossover’s touchscreen infotainment system and dash layout. Powerplants could also be taken from the HR-V, which includes a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque in the U.S. It’s worth noting that in the U.K., Brennan believes the HR-V will not be offered with all-wheel drive, although it is in the U.S. So adding value to the CR-V by making all-wheel drive standard and having seating for seven will help separate it from the HR-V in markets where both models are offered.
“Can we compete with Land Rover as a brand? That’s less about CR-V and more about Honda as a brand,” said Brennan in an interview with Autocar. “Now we have the growing vehicle line-up you’ll see more communications about Honda.”
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