2012 Honda CR-V launched at L.A. Auto Show
The production version of the fourth generation of the Honda CR-V was introduced this week during the Los Angeles Auto Show, before the car goes on sale in the United States as a 2012 model year on December 15th, while the rest of the world will get it next year.
We’ve already seen the concept version of the car and the production version looks pretty much the same, except for the less aggressive alloys, clear graphics on the headlamps and taillights, as well as a matte plastic cladding instead of the concept’s glossy finish.
The new generation of the Honda CR-V looks considerably sleeker than the model it replaces and comes with a significantly more aggressive stance thanks to the Volvo-esque rear and the new roofline. It measures 178.5 inches long, 71.6 inches wide, 65.1 inches tall and has a 103.1-inch long wheelbase, which means that it has the same wheelbase and width as the outgoing model, while overall length has decreased by 0.8 inches and the height by 0.1 inches.
Inside the cabin, the 2012 Honda CR-V features a more fresh design and comes with multi-layered instrument panel gauges that look very nice. Some of the new technologies implemented in this model include a SMS text reading and response function via the Multi-Information Display that is available on the models fitted with the navigation system, along with Pandora internet radio interface.
The new CR-V continues to be a 5-seater vehicle and comes as standard with the 60/40 split rear seat system also known as the “Easy Fold-Down”. The Japanese automaker mentioned that the LX model offers 39.3 inches of headroom, while the LX model has 0.3 cu ft. more passenger volume, for a total of 104.1 cu ft.
Under the hood of the car rests a revised 4-cylinder 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine that produces 185 hp and a maximum torque of 163 lb.-ft, which is 5 hp and 2 lb.-ft more than the model it replaces. This engine is linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. A novelty for this model would have to be the introduction of the Real Time All-Wheel-Drive with Intelligent Control System.
The front-wheel drive version of the 2012 Honda CR-V manages to return 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the combined cycle, which is +2 / +3 / +2 mpg better than the outgoing version. As for the AWD model, this one can do 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway / 25 mpg combined, which is +1 / +3 / +2 mpg better than the 2011 Honda CR-V (AWD).
Source: Honda via Carscoop
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