Report: 2017 Honda CR-V To Be Seven-Seater
Honda’s Best-Seller Grows to Make Room for HR-V
The Honda CR-V has been an unstoppable sales juggernaut in the crossover market, holding the crown of the best-selling SUV in the U.S. for the past two years. Its appeal could grow even more if reports from Britain’s Autocar are correct. The article cites the company’s U.K. chief as confirming that the next-generation car would grow larger to differentiate itself further from the recently introduced HR-V.
Because the current CR-V is essentially the same around the world aside from some differences in powertrains, it’s expected this change will also apply to the U.S.-spec CR-V. The CR-V is built in Ohio and Canada for the North American market, and Honda recently confirmed that its Alliston, Ontario, plant would export vehicles to the U.K. market starting with the 2017 model.
However, there are some significant differences in market preferences between the U.K. and U.S., with the majority of CR-Vs sold in the U.K. having all-wheel drive and being equipped with a diesel engine, an option unavailable on the U.S.-spec model. Conversely, the new HR-V is sold exclusively as a front-wheel-drive model for the U.K. market.
If it does sprout a third row, the new CR-V would not be the first, or only, vehicle in its class with seating for seven. The Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Rogue also offer three-row seating. However the third row on both those models is extremely snug and best suited for pre-adolescent children.