We now have a clearer idea of what to expect with the 2012 Honda CR-V after the release of several photos and the graphic published by Automotive News that shows its specifications. The latest version of the best-selling compact crossover will keep its base 2.4-liter engine, which slight drops from the current 180-hp to 175-hp. However, its torque rises a bit from 161 lb-ft to 170.
The 2012 CR-V may have a lower hp figure but it doesn’t mean that its performance is reduced. That’s because the weight of this upcoming model is lower.
The 2012 Honda will also mark the introduction of a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 201-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, according to AutoGuide.
Similar to what Honda did with the new 2012 Civic, this new CR-V will also continue to use a 5-speed automatic instead of a 6-speed unit. Honda added that the new CR-V’s fuel economy is much improved.
The latest Honda CRV has new design elements that would bring the iconic Honda SUV back to the mainstream.
Visually, the new Honda CRV 2012’s overall height may have dropped a few centimetres, but this new measurement all the more enhanced the CRV’s sleek and sporty stance. In spite of these, the cabin is more spacious than the one we had previously so this is definitely a plus factor all in all.
The 2012 model measures 103.1-inches long and approximately 61.6 inches wide both at the front and at the rear. This time though, the new CRV’s wheelbase measurement falls only at 178.3-inches. Therefore, it is shorter by 0.8 inches than before. In any case, it has a new-improved aerodynamic efficiency with its integrated spoiler and longer roofline that help in decreasing the coefficient of drag.
As for the height, the 2012 model is lower by 1.0-1.4 inches with its new measurement of 65.1 inches tall. At least that’s how it goes if we are to compare it with the rest of the FWD and AWD segments.
The new model will come in three variants, the EX, LX and the EX-L. Honda CRV’s EX-L variant comes with built-in roof rails in silver but it is offered as an accessory on the two other variants. All in all, the roof rails add to the visual element aside from serving its purpose by securely holding the accessory rack in place.
Nevertheless, the former generation’s size and proportion (between year 2007-2010) has made the CRV a bestseller in the SUV category. Through all these years, Honda added a few enhancements like the detailed exterior, extensive taillights and the CRV’s multi-reflector halogen headlamps.
The new CRV will take a giant step in terms of styling for the 2012 model. The latest segment will come out with a more athletic and aerodynamic appearance along with its bolder front and deeply sculpted lines throughout the surface. Worth mentioning of course is how Honda has kept the classic rear brake lights from the ‘97 CRV model with a more impressive 3-D design.
Finally, the front bumper with better aerodynamics is undeniably more handsome with its new expressive headlights and three-bar horizontal grille. Together, the lower end of the bumper connects flawlessly over the main fascia of an otherwise small SUV. Overall, these changes somehow suit the new CRV’s bold fender flares and big wheels, making the new CRV look as if it’s ready to conquer even the toughest road.