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2012 Geneva Motor Show: Honda CR-V concept

Honda to unveil compact 4x4 crossover at Geneva

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The Honda CR-V concept will be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Read the updated first look review of the Honda CR-V concept and watch all our car launch videos from the Geneva Motor Show 2012.

Honda CR-V: sleeker styling

The 2012 Honda CR-V prototype previews the firm’s all-new fourth generation 4×4 and addresses criticisms directed at the current car’s awkward looks.

It sports a redesigned front bumper and grille, as well as swept-back headlights. All of these place more emphasis on the CR-V’s off-road capability, according to Honda.

Key CR-V design traits still remain – including the familiar high-level rear lights – but are accompanied by new styling cues such as a sharp kink in the car’s C-pillar.

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The production CR-V will be powered by Honda’s new 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine

New diesel engine

The CR-V Honda is showcasing at Geneva is still a prototype, but the production version of the car will be powered by Honda’s new efficiency-focused 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, also debuting at the show.

The new engine produces 118bhp and 221lb ft of torque (pulling power), the later figure meaning the CR-V should have adequate performance – despite its combination of small engine and relatively large size.

In the firm’s Civic hatchback the 1.6-litre turbodiesel is claimed to emit less than 100g/km CO2. However, expect this figure to increase significantly for the production version of the heavier CR-V.

The current CR-V’s 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines, both producing 248bhp, will almost certainly be carried over for the new car.

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The concept has a sharply-kinked C-pillar

On sale autumn 2012

Honda is stressing that the CR-V at Geneva is only a preview of what the new car will look like.

But it is thought that the concept car is relatively close to production. And with an intended launch date of autumn this year, it will probably only receive minor changes before going on sale.

Pricing and specifications for the new CR-V will be announced closer to the car’s launch.

More on this…

  • 2012 Geneva Motor Show – more details of cars launching at this year’s event
  • Honda CR-V review – see how the current CR-V fared in our tests
  • 2012 Which? Car Survey – tell us about your car and you could win £10,000
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