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Honda CR-V Concept Revealed

2012 Honda CR-V Concept

Honda has decided to release the first official image of the CR-V Concept that previews the next generation of the model that will reach the showrooms next year. I must say that it looks a lot like the Kia Sorento which is a good thing in my opinion but feel free to disagree with me on this one.

Anyway, the concept won’t be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September because the main highlight at the event for Honda will be the all-new Civic. Instead, this CR-V Concept will be exhibited also in September at the Orange County International Auto Show which will be held in sunny California.

This concept rides on an entirely new platform that the company will use for the production version as well. In comparison to the outgoing model, it comes with a wide array of styling modifications that give the car a more aggressive look. The most significant changes can be observed in the front where the SUV has a wraparound lower bumper that the Japanese engineers managed to integrate better into the rest of the front fascia as opposed to the current model.

In addition, the three-bar horizontal grille is also much more dominant in this concept and it is flanked on both sides by the headlights which have been slimmed down. Honda says that thanks to these modifications, the aerodynamics of the car is better now in comparison to the current-generation CR-V. On the sides, it has more pronounced sills and sculpted bodywork, along with a new design for the alloy rims.

Unfortunately, we don’t have an image with the back of the car but Honda says that it will have the same vertical light design that you can find in the current model. As far as the interior is concerned, the automaker stated that it will be more spacious, featuring a lower floor that will improve the car’s load-carrying capabilities.

No word about engines that are going to be available for the production version, but they said that these will be more efficient and fuel economy will be higher. As a reminder, the current generation of the Honda CR-V comes with either a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 148 hp or a 2.2-liter diesel that generates the same amount of power.

Source: Honda via Autocar.co.uk

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