The first official pictures of the sixth-generation Honda CR-V have been revealed ahead of the crossover’s full launch during the third quarter of 2022.

    These first teasers reveal the new CR-V’s headlight and grille treatment. The car pictured here seems to be a sporty variant will a blacked out honeycomb grille.

    Also blacked out are the wings extending from the top of the grille into the headlight units, largely splitting the LED driving lights from the main- and high-beam units.

    The only brightwork up front is present in the Honda badge, and surrounding a pod next to the lower air intake.

    At the rear the CR-V continues to feature hockey stick-shaped tail-lights. Unlike the current CR-V, though, these lights don’t seem to extend as far into the rear fenders, and have a more squared-off shape.

    The lower section of the hockey stick includes three L-shaped lighting units. The licence plate holder has moved from the bottom to the middle of the tailgate, while the rear chrome bar has been deleted.

    Unusually for a hybrid model, the CR-V has — possibly fake — exhaust tips with a brushed metal design.

    Today’s images line up with the undisguised photos the CR-V taken in China and published in the middle of May, as well as Chinese patent renderings discovered in February.

    Honda claims the sixth-generation CR-V will have a “rugged and sophisticated design”, as well as featuring “increased versatility”.

    It also says the new CR-V will have “more advanced hybrid system for a sportier driving experience”.

    The current CR-V is sold in Europe and the US with a 2.0-litre hybrid system making a total of 158kW and 315Nm. This drivetrain is available in Australia as part of the Accord sedan range.

    Based on filings with Chinese authorities we know the new CR-V will be available with a 142kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and hooked up to either the front or all four wheels.

    In China the new CR-V will be 4703mm long1866mm wide1690mm tall, and ride on a 2700mm wheelbase

    This means it’s 68mm longer, 11mm wider, 11mm taller, and has a 40mm longer wheelbase than the current CR-V. As with the current vehicle, the new CR-V will be available in both five- and seven-seat layouts.

    Honda will unveil the new CR-V during Australia’s winter, but hasn’t specified an exact date for the new model’s debut.

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    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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