Honda has released the first official pictures of its highly anticipated 2012 CR-V. And should we say, the car looks much better in the official pictures, than what it suggested it would look like in the spy pictures we showed you earlier. The Japanese carmaker is not announcing the picture as the production version of the 2012 CR-V Yet. Instead, they have named this extremely close to production vehicle as the 2012 CR-V Concept.
The new car is is expected to hit the dealerships in the USA by the end of 2011. In its latest avatar, the CR-V will retain its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine. Power would go up slightly from the current 180bhp, and so would fuel efficiency. The 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel would also be a part of the package for the European countries (India too, in all probability) and would dish out more than 165bhp. The new CR-V will be available with both FWD and AWD. There will also be a new 6-speed auto in the offing.
As mentioned earlier, these are the pictures of the concept and not the production version. However, the production version won’t be too different from what you see here. The front portion of the car has undergone a complete makeover. The current twin-slat grille is replaced by a triple slat chrome unit with the Honda emblem sitting pretty in the middle. The headlamps are brand new too, with sharper, swept back and tapering style. The headlamps also heave smoked out dark edges. Everything at the front, including bumper, bonnet, fog-lamps and the two-tone visible underbody treatment is brand new.
Unlike the test mule, the CR-V Concept doesn’t have transversely positioned roof rails. What we see instead, is an aluminium finish longitudinally positioned pair of ski racks which don’t rise too high above the roof. The entire A, B and C pillar section is surrounded by a chrome strip. The design of the plastic used for the lower body cladding too is a departure from the faux diffuser treatment on the current gen machine. From whatever is visible in the only pictures released thus far by Honda, there seems to be a probability of the new CR-V getting a third row of seats.
Those alloy wheels were not looking too hot in the spy pics, but here in a properly finished and photographed model, they appear just fine. That rear end still looks bulky, though Honda designers have done a decent job of adding some sculpted lines there to cut the flab and make it look well toned. That girth, however, cannot be entirely concealed.
Honda have promised to outdeliver with the new Cr-V, and expect the new version to be packed tight with features. Remember you read the news first on Motoroids, and stay tuned as we dig out more details on the car.
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