The fifth generation Honda CR-V was launched in the Indian car market towards the end of 2018. Now, the Japanese carmaker is working on a cosmetically enhanced version of this model, and it has now been spied testing outside India. Three CR-V facelift test prototypes were caught testing in the USA wearing heavy camouflage at the front and rear, and that points towards some mild cosmetic updates on the model.
Although it is too early to talk about the exact changes on the upcoming 2020 Honda CR-V, from the looks of the camouflaged test prototype trio, the vehicle is expected to get a slightly revised front bumper along with a larger chrome bar on the front radiator grille. The rear bumper, as well as the quarter panel of the SUV, might be given a minor visual update too. The rest of the current-gen Honda CR-V is likely to remain the same.
Being a refreshed model, the updated CR-V is also expected to get some minor updates on the inside. However, there are no images of the cabin to confirm the changes. Apart from exterior and interior updates, we expect the updated CR-V to be loaded with more features.
As far as changes to the drivetrain is concerned, the CR-V facelift might continue to remain as is. The India-spec CR-V is currently equipped with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.6 litre diesel unit. Both the engines are paired with automatic transmission. These engines will be updated to meet the new BS6 emission norms before the April 2020 deadline.
The ongoing Honda CR-V made its global debut in 2017 and its midlife refreshed model is likely to launch later this year in the international markets. However, for the Indian car market it is likely to arrive only in late 2020 or early in 2021.
The Honda CR-V is currently priced in the range of Rs. 28.27 lakhs to Rs. 32.77 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). In India, the CR-V competes against the Skoda Kodiaq, Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan and with the larger and tougher premium SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas.