The Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, Calif., was where the 2012 Honda CR-V Concept debuted. It previews the styling direction for the all-new, fourth-generation CR-V. Set to start selling in the U.S. by the end of 2011, this new CR-V is expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.
The CR-V Concept uses a unique and aggressive styling direction for the best-selling SUV in the U.S. The concept model has a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia when compared to the existing CR-V.
The smooth-flowing lines on the front bumper are emphasized by a horizontal three-bar grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. The lower front bumper wraps upward. It has a generous approach angle. Meanwhile, aerodynamics is improved as the lower front bumper design blends more smoothly with the fascia.
The CR-V's signature vertical rear taillights are kept for 2012 and come with a more three-dimensional style that wraps further into the design. The strength and capability of the CR-V Concept are emphasized with its large 5-spoke machined alloy wheels and bold fender flares.
The improvements to the all-new 2012 CR-V include the use of a more fuel-efficient engine and a lower body weight. Aside from the new exterior styling, the 2012 CR-V features an all-new interior with a design that’s more accommodating and roomier. P.S. Also check the 2012 Honda CR-V Patent Images!
The third-generation Honda CR-V was considered a great success; topping the SUV sales market from 2007 to 2010. This is mainly thanks to its size and proportion, as well as its styling elements like its multi-reflector halogen headlights, long full-body taillights, and an array of exterior detailing. The latest generation CR-V tries to build on that success by sporting a more aggressive appearance and a more aerodynamic stance – thanks to its bolder front end and more sculpted bodylines.
For instance, the front end is marked by a front bumper with smooth-flowing lines and a horizontal three-bar grille flanked by multi-reflector headlights. The front bumper’s lower section wraps upward to highlight the CR-V’s SUV capability, while its lower section now integrates seamlessly with the front fascia to further enhance its aerodynamics. The 2012 Honda CR-V still features the SUV’s signature vertical rear brake lights that were first seen on the 1997 model.
However, this element now features 3D styling that further augments the CR-V’s design and aerodynamics. In addition, the new Honda CR-V features large wheels and fender flares. A number of design elements on the 2012 Honda CR-V were meant to enhance its aerodynamic efficiency, like its longer roofline and integrated rear spoiler that contributes to its lower coefficient of drag.
The EX-L version of the CR-V is specified with silver roof rails that begin at the A-pillars and then sweep along the roofline toward the SUV’s rear end. These fully functional silver roof rails -- available as an accessory on CR-V LX and EX – serve as an attachment point for an accessory rack and feature three anchor points on each side.