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.
The previous generation of the Honda CR-V managed to become the top-selling SUV from 2007 to 2010 thanks to several factors like its size, proportion and over styling. Likewise, certain elements of the previous generation Honda CR-V – like its multi-reflector halogen headlights, long full-body taillights as well as its exterior details exuding ruggedness and sophistication – were also responsible for making the SUV very appealing to automotive buyers.
But things have now changed, and Honda is evolving the CR-V into a new generation that boasts of the strengths of the previous generation model and with several changes on the exterior and the interior, as well as on its mechanicals. For instance, the 2012 iteration of the CR-V now features a more imposing front end, deeply sculpted body lines and a more assertive aerodynamic stance.
Recognizable are the flowing lines on the front bumper, above of which is horizontal three-bar grille flanked by multi-reflector headlights. Apparently, the lower front bumper seems to be looking upward, conveying the fact that the new CR-V comes with a generous approach angle. Moreover, the design of the lower front bumper design seamlessly integrates with the front fascia.
At the rear end, the new CR-V still features its signature vertical rear brake lights, but these lamps now feature 3D-styling to better accentuate the imposing design of the SUV and improve its aerodynamics. Meanwhile, the aggressive presence and capability of the CR-V are further highlighted its bolder fender flares as well as by its large wheels.
When it comes to aerodynamic efficiency, the new CR-V is targeted to be at the top of its class, with numerous design elements contributing to improved efficiency. The longer roofline and integrated rear spoiler help to lower the coefficient of drag.