Revised crossover features bolder front bumper design, and a new all-wheel drive hybrid drivetrain option – but it will skip Australian showrooms
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An updated version of the fifth-generation Honda CR-V was unveiled overnight in the States.

Up front the revised CR-V is distinguished by significantly less chrome for the grille. The surfacing of the front bumper has been smoothed out, while the lower half now has "bolder" look with more dark grey plastic, and a W-shaped band of chrome and satin-finish faux metal.

Out the back the tail-lights retain their current graphics, but the covers now have a darker tint. The rear bumper has also been smoothed out, and the lower section given a slight redesign to mirror the front-end treatment.

There's also new alloy wheel designs available throughout the range, with range-topping models now wearing larger 19-inch rims.

Updates for the interior are even more subtle, with the key change being a redesigned centre console bin and the availability of Qi wireless smartphone charging.

For the US, the facelifted model also marks the debut of the hybrid CR-V. Featuring a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors, the hybrid boasts all-wheel drive and a total of 158kW of power.

Honda says the battery pack is mounted underneath the boot floor allowing it to "retain excellent cargo utility" and a 60/40 split-fold rear seat. An acoustic vehicle alerting system is included to warn pedestrians when the hybrid CR-V is operating in electric-only mode at low speeds.

Boot capacity and official fuel economy numbers have yet to been released for the hybrid. The company says it expects fuel consumption in the city to decrease by around 50 per cent, which would equate to around 5.8L/100km using the US EPA standard.

Stateside, the 137kW 2.4-litre four-pot has been dumped, with all non-hybrid variants now powered by a 142kW/242Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.

With the facelift all American CR-Vs are now fitted with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow mode, and road departure mitigation as standard.

Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high beam operation remain reserved for higher-spec models.


The new CR-V is set to reach Australia in mid 2020, but Honda Australia has confirmed it won't include the new hybrid model.

The company's boss Stephen Collins revealed in December 2019 that hybrid models will be available in all future line-ups, but in the case of the CR-V, that means the new next-generation model – not this coming facelift.