2012 Honda CR-V (JDM) makes its debut in its most important market

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 1, 2011

Honda has announced that the fourth-generation CR-V will have a market launch in Japan on December 2. Honda has released a complete photo gallery of the recently unveiled JDM version of the crossover shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. This is a totally different look from the all-new CR-V seen at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The edges of the grille that cut into the lights and appear to hold the chrome slits were blacked out and the lower part of the front bumper is very different.

It appears to be an old generation version with a car-like lip. It’s likely that this is how the European version will look like too. For the Japanese market, the 2012 CR-V will be available as the 20G or 24G model.

The base 20G is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 150hp and partnered to a CVT. This unit is rated at 14.4 km/l on the Japan's JC08 cycle, which is equivalent to 33.9 mpg or 6.9l/100km.

On the other hand, the 24G has the 190hp 2.4-liter engine that is only available with AWD in Japan. It offers a rating of 11,6 km/l on the same Japanese cycle, which is 27,3 mpg or 8.6 l/100 km. The base 20G version of the CR-V is priced at JPY2,480,000 while the 24G is priced at JPY2,750,000.

Exterior Design

In terms of stance, the 2012 CR-V is more aerodynamic and displays more aggressiveness compared to the prior generation. This is because not only is the front fascia bolder but the bodylines have also been sculpted deeper. For the 2012 CR-V, Honda aims for its aerodynamic efficiency to lead the segment and it hopes to do this with the various design elements that combine to enhance the vehicle’s efficiency. For example, the coefficient of drag is reduced through the integration of a spoiler in the rear and in making the roofline longer.

Starting with the rear end, the vertical brake lights that are a signature of the CR-V is still there. It was first seen on the 1997 debut model but for the 2012 version, comes with style that is more three-dimensional and thus complements both the aerodynamics and its design. Having large wheels with the bold fender flares highlights the capability of the 2012 CR-V and its dynamic poise. On the front, its multi-reflector headlights have been deeply set and with the three-bar grille placed in the horizontal position, both combine to put focus on the smooth flowing lines that are on the bumper.

The lower part of the bumper has been shaped in a way that it wraps upward and thus expresses the SUV capability of the CR-V through a large approach angle. Additionally, this same area has been designed so that it is able to smoothly integrate to the fascia and therefore improves the aerodynamics even more.

For the EX-L variant of the CR-V, it has been fitted with roof rails, in silver, which begins at its A-pillars then goes through the roofline and all the way to its rear end. This particular feature though is offered for the EX and LX as an accessory. Going back to the rails, they have two functions with the first being to offer a more dramatic visual component and the second to act as the attachment point for those who want an accessory rack.

These rails are guaranteed to be fully functional with each side having three anchor points. Another interesting component of the new design is in relation to the side door and how it was made to improve egress and ingress. Unlike the previous generation, the 2012 CR-V allows for a more direct route to the ground whether the occupants are exiting the vehicle or entering it.

This is due to the side-sill garnish which covers the rocker panel. Once the doors have been opened, it allows for such direct access. There is therefore less step-over distance ensuring enhanced comfort with the reduced likelihood of the leg coming into contact with the vehicle’s side.

It needs to be said however that the success of the previous CR-V generation was mainly due to its proportion and size. It is no wonder why the CR-V was considered as the best-selling SUV starting in 2007 and up to 2010. Contributing to this success was the styling features that have been refined like the multi-reflector halogen headlights. The long full-body taillights were a factor as well. The model also benefited from the rich exterior details that displayed sophistication and ruggedness.

Topics: honda, honda cr-v, japan

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