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.
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.
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.