The upcoming next-generation 2012 Honda CR-V was caught doing some hot-weather testing in Death Valley, USA. Honda seems to upgrade all the cars as we have already seen in 2012 Civic.
Honda CR-V was launched in India in 2003 since then it never looked back, the next year it was awarded with SUV of the year. Honda is pretty much satisfied with its sale. CR-V is sold as a fully imported unit from Japan. It was loosely derived from the Honda Civic to satisfy a public demand for a sport-utility vehicle from Honda.
The CR-V prototypes spotted in different colors including blue and black, some of which are hauling trailers to test the CR-V’s towing capabilities. The camo is only covering the front and rear ends, so we expect substantial changes to the front and rear fascias in terms of bumpers and headlight clusters. Also, the car’s roof looks lower and the rear boot area between the B- and C-pillars appears to be little longer than on the current generation.
What we can see from the spy pictures that Honda seems to have taken some design cues from Volvo specially the rear section which looks similar to Volvo XC-60. Another addition is that the new CR-V will have third row of seat for passenger capacity, as this feature is demanded more and more by crossover buyers.
The 2011 model has two engine variants 2l i-VTEC and 2.4l I-VTECH, expect the 2.4-liter VTEC four to get a slight bump in both power and efficiency. There are rumors about CR-V will be also having a diesel engine. CR-V seems about ready to go to production and the 2012 Honda CR-V is expected to debut sometime later this year.
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