Honda has leaked to the public images and more details of its new European CR-V scheduled to be rolled out in the United Kingdom in October 2012. Honda implemented a comprehensive redesign of the fourth-generation CR-V to tailor it for the European market while retaining quality, refinement and practicality that the previous generation of the CR-V was known for.
For the first time, Honda will be offering the CR-V in two drive options, two- and four-wheel, for the 2.0 i-VTEC model. Honda also implemented improvements to the CR-V’s petrol and 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engines, enabling them to emit much lower carbon dioxide while cruising.
Honda will start displaying the CR-V in UK showrooms in October 2012. The model is being produced at its plant in Swindon. The latest generation of the CR-V boasts of having a more assertive and aerodynamic stance than its predecessors, sporting a bolder nose section. The new CR-V’s front bumper is joined by a horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights.
The lower front bumper, meanwhile, is styled to convey the CR-V’s SUV capability with a generous approach angle. The latest CR-V retains the model’s signature vertical rear brake lights, but its presence and capability are now more emphasized by the vehicle’s large wheels and bold wheel arches.
Since the CR-V has been designed as a global car, Honda has to fit several exterior refinements developed specifically for the European market. The exterior refinements include the revised front bumper, front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights. For the interior, Honda also used materials that were carefully chosen for the European market.
Honda made sure that that the noise that enters the cabin from the engine and the road is minimized by applying sound insulation material to the floorpan below the passenger compartment and by fitting sound absorption material to the rear door, rear wheel arches, door frames, front bulkhead and bonnet. In addition, the doors of the latest CR-V feature a double seal. Honda’s efforts paid off as the cabin noise in the latest CR-V is 3dB less than in that of the current model.