Now that the all-new and enlarged 2016 Civic models are out and about, Honda is going to work on the next-generation CR-V tall wagon that is based on Civic platform. That means a significantly larger CR-V that will use the optional Civic-based turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder as the base engine. The Civic’s version delivers 174 horsepower, but buyers can anticipate about 15 extra horses in the heavier CR-V. Another hot rumor suggests that, for the first time, the CR-V will also offer an optional third-row seat, which would match the Nissan Rogue in that department and also necessitate the need for more power. The 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. is the likely launching pad for the new 2018 CR-V.

The current CR-V, pictured, will be replaced by a model that is larger and more powerful, which puts more distance between it and the entry-level HR-V.   (PHOTO: HONDA)

A bigger, more powerful CR-V: