Honda CR-V Will Get Third-Row Seat in Next Redesign
Compact SUV, Due in 2018, Should Seat Seven
The next-generation Honda CR-V might be a seven-seater, if a report from Auto Express is to be believed. The British magazine says it will grow to face competition from the likes of the Nissan X-Trail (or Rogue, on our shores). Curiously, Auto Express also lists the larger, Pilot-sized Kia Sorento among potential competition. In the United Kingdom, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is in the CR-V’s competitive set, but here, the Disco is a much more expensive vehicle, costing more in its base trim than even a loaded CR-V.
That regional idiosyncrasy aside, seating for seven is high on many Americans’ new-car priorities, so such a CR-V might be a good idea. With Honda’s subcompact HR-V offering much of the cargo and passenger versatility of previous-gen CR-Vs, there’s some space for Honda’s bestselling crossover to move upmarket, particularly since it’s the company’s largest SUV available in the U.K.
A three-row CR-V would be a somewhat unusual proposition for Americans. Its only natural competition in the U.S. would be the aforementioned Rogue, which also offers a nominal seven seats to Nissan shoppers. Other than the Nissan, though, Honda would have no natural competition. Compact crossovers from Ford, GM, Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda each only offer five seats.
It must be noted that a seven-seat CR-V could be a Europe-only offering, since it might cannibalize sales from the Pilot. Although the Continent’s current CR-V shares a lot with ours, the next generation might bring about distinct platforms for American and “global” crossovers. Such a move isn’t unprecedented; the American Accord is much larger than the European Accord, and the Honda Civic and its Euro namesake have been distinct entities since 2005. However, spyshots of the 2018 SUV do suggest a size increase, so who's to say?
Source: Auto Express