2023 Honda CR-V interiors have been revealed for the first time, dashboard has been completely redesigned
Honda is busy readying the sixth generation 2023 CR-V and the interiors of the same have been revealed ahead of its global debut. The SUV will be unveiled soon followed by an imminent international launch this year itself. Indian re-entry is also very likely.
For 2023, the Honda CR-V features drastic changes on the inside. It sports a free-standing infotainment system for the first time in line with the competition. There’s a mesh like grille strip that runs across the dashboard and it sports the AC vents.
Because of this unified design, looking at the dashboard, we won’t be able to notice the AC vents. But, it’s quite a polarising design. The free-standing display is on top of this mesh grille while the HVAC dials are below.
Earlier there used to be just 2 dials and a host of buttons for the AC, but, now, there are 3 dials and buttons between them. All these elements have made the dashboard look plain and simple. The gearshift console looks the same as before though.
The steering has got mild updates in the form of new contours and creases while the ribbed seats are nearly the same as before. Expect a lot of connected car features on the SUV including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Some time back, the undisguised images of the Chinese-spec 2023 CR-V got leaked online. It features drastic updates on the outside when compared to the fifth generation model that was sold in India. The front chrome strip of the current generation model has gone.
Though the headlights almost remain the same as the older model, they are now sleeker and longer. The LED units are darkened for a meaner look and they also gel well with the all-black grille with Honda logo at the center.
A matte black bottom cladding runs throughout the car offering it rugged looks. There are various sensors/cameras on all the sides of the body which might be for the various drive-assist systems of the SUV.
Also, a few days back, Honda officially teased the CR-V. Although the new images look almost the same as the Chinese-spec version, they belong to the hybrid variant of the SUV.
There are chrome surrounds on the front air intake channels and a hybrid tag at the rear below the CR-V inscription. The teased car sports a matte dark blue shade which looks striking when compared to the white Chinese-spec car.
In India, the CR-V was sold until the BS-6 norms got enforced in 2020. As the SUV didn’t sell well, Honda decided not to work on the BS-6 model. But that’s set to change with the introduction of the sixth generation model.
With almost all manufacturers stepping foot on to the lucrative D-segment with Mahindra’s upcoming Scorpio N, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, and Maruti Suzuki Vitara being the latest entrants, Honda is expected to follow suit.
Like Toyota and Maruti Suzuki, Honda’s strongest talking point would be its hybrid powerplant and this same model in blue shade might find its way to India. The Japanese maker has already introduced the City’s hybrid variant, e:HEV.