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New Honda CR-V Concept

New SUV to make debut in the US next month

Honda CR-V Concept

This Honda CR-V Concept could signal what the next-generation model will look like

Honda has revealed the first picture of a new CR-V Concept – hinting heavily at what the next-generation production version of its popular SUV will look like.

The new Honda CR-V Concept features styling that is smoother and more sculpted compared with the current production car, but with a clear family resemblance that should go down well with fans of the brand.

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Honda CR-V Concept: close to the mark

There is only the one image, and little in the way of technical details, but to say this a strong pointer towards what the fourth-generation model will look like is an understatement.

How so? Well, this CR-V Concept gets its public debut at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California, this September – and the production version will be on sale in the United States by the end of this year. So Honda must be pretty confident about the looks of the production model.

Us Europeans, on the other hand, will have to wait until Autumn 2012 before we can get our hands on the new CR-V. By which point some of the more American elements of the styling – such as the chrome alloys – may have been slightly toned down.

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More aerodynamic, more efficient

While the single image means there isn’t a great deal to go on, Honda has highlighted the bolder front grille and lower front bumper design as key areas of change.

These contribute to the improved aerodynamics of the concept (and presumably the production car). Honda also says the new engine line-up will be more efficient than before, meaning better fuel economy is expected.

Changes at the rear of the CR-V Concept – which we can’t see – are said to keep the upright, vertical taillights, but with what Honda is calling a ‘more three-dimensional style that wraps further into the design of the vehicle’.

Honda will release more details of the CR-V Concept closer to its American debut in September 2011.

Want to know about more cars due for release? Read about all the upcoming models in our Coming Soon section

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