Don’t expect any major changes.
The fifth-generation Honda CR-V was introduced three years ago, so we’re not expecting to see a replacement any time soon. However, the time has come for the popular crossover to receive a facelift to keep sales strong in the rapidly evolving segment – just don’t expect any revolutionary changes.
Honda isn’t ready to show off the 2020 CR-V just yet, but sightings of camouflaged prototypes have allowed the artists at Kolesa to mock up a speculative render showing what the updated crossover could look like.
The artists have slapped on a more modern grille on the front fascia with a more prominent chrome-plated central element. At the lower part of the grille, a hexagonal honeycomb trim has been added replacing the current model’s horizontal slats, and the front fascia has new inlets that give the crossover a sharper look. The headlights, however, have been left untouched.
At the back, the rendered 2020 Honda CR-V has been given new trapezoidal exhaust outlets, while the revised taillights feature a tinted finish. Kolesa hasn’t produced any renders of the interior, which will also likely get some minor improvements.
Updates for the 2020 Honda CR-V are likely to be only cosmetic, so engine options should carry over from the 2019 model. The base CR-V uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, while the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque.
Both models are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive but a CVT is the only transmission option. Prices start at a very reasonable $24,350, but this could increase slightly for the updated 2020 model. Honda hasn’t announced when the 2020 CR-V will arrive, but we’re expecting it to be revealed before the end of the year.