At a recent press conference, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. president & CEO Takahiro Hachigo announced that the next Honda CR-V and Accord – both of which are part of its core global models – will undergo a full model change in the future built on a new platform and powered by a turbocharged engine.
Currently, the CR-V is in its fourth generation, whereas the Accord is in its ninth. The tenth-generation Honda Civic, meanwhile, underwent a full model change in North America in September last year, utilising a new platform and a downsized 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine.
Hachigo said, ”the strong product features of this new Civic will be passed on to other global models as well. The next-generation CR-V as well as the Accord, awaiting a full model change, will incorporate this new platform and downsized turbo engine.
“These models will be released as products with even more refined level of driving performance and design. Adoption of such new platform and powertrain helps to enhance not only the attractiveness of our product, but commonality across different models. This means higher efficiency in the development and production of global models,” he added.
Unfortunately, no timeline or further details were provided pertaining to the two models. In Hachigo’s earlier speech back in July 2015, the Honda CEO promised that the next CR-V and Accord will be “more attractive vehicles that feature more new technologies, higher competitiveness and innovative designs.”