Leaked: 2012 Honda CR-V patent images emerge on the web

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 22, 2011

According to these leaked patent images, the new Honda CR-V’s design will stay true to the concept version introduced earlier this year. This summer, Honda released the first official picture of the CR-V SUV. These new drawings indicate that many of the styling changes on the concept to make the vehicle more aggressive stance were kept. Honda built the CR-V on an all-new platform. The major changes are found at the front.

The CR-V now has a wraparound lower front bumper that is better integrated into the rest of the front fascia compared to the existing car. The three-bar horizontal front grille is much more dominant than that of the present CR-V. Slimmed-down headlights are found on either side. Honda asserts that the front-end styling changes lead to better aerodynamics.

There are sculpted bodywork features on the sides and more obvious side sills. Honda scrapped the huge alloy wheels on the concept for more practical-looking variants.

The vertical light design of the current car’s rear was kept. Its interior is more spacious and now has a lower floor for better load-carrying ability.

The Honda CR-V will be featured at the Orange County International Auto Show in California this week. The CR-V will arrive at UK showrooms in autumn 2012. Honda has yet to release the complete engine details but it has announced that the market could expect improved efficiency and fuel economy. The outgoing CR-V is offered with a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel engine, which both deliver 148bhp.

The Honda CRV’s 2012 model is noticeably an inch lower than other four-wheel and all-wheel drive models. With wheelbase measuring only 178.3-inches long and 0.8-inches short, we couldn’t help but notice the major change in its height. Still, the overall width doesn’t seem to change much as it has the same 61.6-inch tracks both for the front and rear end.

Not long ago, the same comfortable runabout vehicle won the hearts of many SUV buyers. The CRV became the best seller between 2007 till 2010 and is lauded for its size and proportion.

The CRV’s luxury styling around the exterior, multi-reflector halogen lamps, and wraparound taillights demonstrate elegance and toughness on the road. The extensive roofline and spoiler at the rear improve the vehicle’s efficiency output.

Unlike the former model, the new CRV has better aerodynamics with its 3-layer front grille design and stronger stance. The deep lines around the fascia make it even more athletic. Add to that the powerful fenders and large wheels and we get a new CRV that gives the small SUV a whole new different meaning.

However, the standard vertical rear brakes from the oldest CRV (from year 1997) are making a comeback on Honda’s newest entry. This is actually a good thing. What’s even better, the iconic brake lights now come with the new three-dimensional design for the latest series.

The new CRV comes in EXL, EX and LX variants. The silver roof rail with 3 anchor points is a standard to the EXL. Otherwise, it is also offered (optionally) for the other two models. At any rate, this accessory is good for those who want more visual treat to go with its already amazing new suite.

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