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Spied! 2019 Honda CR-V in Manhattan!

Kamil Kaluski March 26, 2018 All Things Hoon 20 Comments

We are just a few days away from the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The show is sure to be big this year and I’m making arrangements to be there at least for some of it. Automakers are announcing many new 2019 model unveilings. Honda is scheduled to show the 2019 Insight and Acura will show a new turbocharged RDX. And that is all they are saying for now. I don’t think Honda even has a press conference scheduled. 

But isn’t it weird that an updated camouflaged CR-V, or what looks to be a CR-V, was spotted by our awesome spy-photographer in the middle of Manhattan just a few days before the big auto show?

In Geneva, Honda announced a three-row and a hybrid versions of its top-selling CR-V. It only makes sense as the competition from the Nissan Rouge and the Toyota RAV4 is quite stiff. The Rouge has an optional third-row and the hybrid RAV4 has been a strong seller. Toyota announced that an all-new RAV4 will be shown at NYIAS, too. 

The rear of this CR-V seems more disguised than the rest of the vehicle, and slightly bigger/taller, which made me think that it could be a three-row and/or a hybrid version. That’s all I got on this. I also think it’s very weird of Honda to have a camouflaged car of any kind on 24th Street and 9th Avenue just a few days before every automotive journalist in the world will be there. 

  • Victor

    Getting some free publicity might be a motive ?

    • Sjalabais

      The “camouflage” above sure is more of an “attentoflage”. The only way to attract more attention would be to paint/glue big, red arrows on it.

      • kogashiwa

        I kind of want a dazzle camo wrap for my car. It might hide the hail dings?

        • Sjalabais

          The clown factor would be through the roof, and you could tell everyone to be invisible to law enforcement. Until the opposite is proven, that is.

  • memikeyounot

    Oh, my gosh. It’s so exciting to see a Honda CR-V hidden like that from public view so none of us can see what the new version looks like. After all, each time Honda produces a new iteration of one of their cars/SUV’s etc., it’s so very different than the version that was previously on the market, we will all rush to the dealership to slap down our money since it’s such a different, improved model from the one in the previous model year. Right?

    • Dude! It will have more LEDs!!!

  • Professor LavaHUPT

    “The 2018 Nissan Rouge. Because who cares.”

    I agree, this does look like it could have three rows. And even if the last row is useless for adults…I kind of want three rows. I want three rows I won’t use more than I want a pickup bed I won’t use.

    • Someone needs to make a three-row pickup already.

      • kogashiwa

        Most of the cabs are big enough by now.

        • Professor LavaHUPT

          I think the Ram Megacab trucks could be converted to six passengers fairly easily, if a little uncomfortably:

      • Maymar

        Some visionary already has!

        • …are those BRAT seats in a Baja?

          • Maymar

            Apparently, yes!

            • Alff

              Isn’t riding in the back of a “truck” illegal in most states now?

    • Alff

      I’d rather have a pickup bed. If I suddenly find the need for a third row, something has gone horribly wrong in my life.

    • dr zero

      “Rogue/rouge. Because who cares” Thanks Kamil

  • Alff

    Removing the camoflague would have rendered this all but invisible.

    • neight428

      A CR-V is camouflage, do they come in any color than dark gray? If it were so capable, you could probably go 150 mph on your morning commute in one and no one would notice.

      • Citric

        Everyone around here buys them in orange. It’s kind of refreshing actually.

      • Two reds, a dark blue, an olive color that’s darn near gray and four shades of gray white and black. That’s the EX-L, the base LX only gets one each of red and blue and 4 non-colors.

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