2015 Honda CR-V Revealed; Updated SUV's Details To Come Next Week


2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Honda CR-V

The updated 2015 Honda CR-V compact SUV is set to go on sale just a week from now--but while it will feature revised styling and other changes, Honda is being coy about them.

The Japanese carmaker released an image of the updated SUV, but it won't reveal any other details until next week.

Aesthetically, the 2015 CR-V will get a new front fascia that seems to be influenced by that of the 2015 Fit subcompact, but the rest of car looks largely the same as the 2014 model.

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The only powertrain option for this year's 2014 CR-V is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

That combination achieves EPA-rated fuel economy of, 26 mpg combined (23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive, and 25 mpg combined (22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Honda CR-V

We'll have to wait until next week to see if Honda will stick with this powertrain, or make any changes that could improve fuel efficiency.

This mid-cycle refresh is well timed, as the CR-V is riding a wave of consumer interest in utility vehicles.

SUVs and crossovers overtook sedans as the top-selling vehicle segment in the U.S. earlier this year.

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This is largely due to the proliferation of more car-like crossovers, which are actually pushing aside traditional, body-on-frame SUVs.

Many of these new crossovers come in smaller sizes, as previously "compact" vehicles continue to grow in size.

That's why, in addition to the refreshed CR-V, Honda will also launch the smaller HR-V--a smaller crossover based on the Fit--in the U.S. this winter.

The 2015 CR-V, meanwhile, will go on sale October 1.

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