Honda unveiled its new CR-V at the Los Angeles Motor Show last week.
2012 Honda CR-V: based on Honda Civic
The Compact Crossover, based on the Civic platform, will be available to order Stateside from December 15, though a European version is not expected until Autumn 2012.
It should be worth the wait however, as previous versions of the CR-V have offered a great combination driving enjoyment and family friendly practicality.
Factor in Honda’s near flawless reliability record, and the new CR-V could well be one of the stand-out cars of next year. The CR-V has long been one of the more dependable SUVs, scoring highly in the annual Which? Car Survey.
There’s a further boost too – it will be built in Britain, alongside the next generation Civic, at Honda’s Swindon assembly plant.
There will be detail changes to the model before it’s brought across the Atlantic. Honda recognises that European buyers have higher standards and expectations, and so British spec CR-Vs are normally better trimmed and are available with more equipment as standard.
Engines will also be optimised for European buyers and we’re expecting impressive fuel economy and efficiency. The US CR-V is up to 5mpg more economical than the old one, which hopefully will be replicated over here, as the average economy of the current CR-V is uncompetitive against newer, greener rivals.
Look out for more details of the new European CR-V towards the middle of 2012, prior to its launch in the Autumn.