2012 Honda CR-V Concept unveiled at the Orange County Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 26, 2011

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.

Press Release

First Images Of Next Generation Honda CR-V Concept

Honda has released an image of the new CR-V Concept, providing the first official glimpse of styling direction. The all-new, fourth-generation CR-V is set to go on sale in the United States by the end of 2011, and in Europe in Autumn 2012.

The new CR-V Concept embraces a distinctive and bold styling direction. Compared to the previous generation, the concept model takes on a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia. The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward to convey SUV capability, while the overall lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly into the fascia for improved aerodynamics.

The CR-V's vertical taillights remain for the next model with a more three-dimensional style that wraps further into the design of the vehicle.

Equipped with more efficient engines compared to the current model, the new CR-V is expected to deliver improved fuel economy.

The CR-V is one of the top-selling SUVs, sold in more than 160 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa.

The new CR-V Concept will be on first public display at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California, in September 2011.

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