According to Autocar UK, the next-generation Honda CR-V will be made more premium and larger in 2017 to distance itself from the smaller HR-V. Honda’s head of cars in the UK, Leon Brannan said that the new CR-V will offer seven seats and four-wheel drive, to rival the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC60.

Brannan states that the CR-V is a ‘massive pillar’ for Honda. The HR-V will remain a two-wheel drive vehicle, thereby creating a space for the CR-V to position itself as a different proposition altogether. He admits that to compete with Land Rover as a brand, it’s less about the CR-V and more about Honda as a brand.

Interestingly, the interior of the next-gen CR-V is expected to incorporate a lot from the HR-V, including the smaller car’s touchscreen infotainment system and dashboard layout. In the UK, at least, its engines could also mirror those found in the UK-market HR-V as well, specifically the 118 hp 1.6 litre diesel and the 128 hp 1.5 litre petrol variants. It’s likely that other markets such as ours will get different engine lineups, though.