The Honda CR-V, whose success inspired vehicles like the Honda Pilot, is refined for the third time and is expected to go on sale in Canada early next year. The improved, 2.4L 4- cylinder engine will provide more efficient power to either two or all four wheels, propelling the now lighter vehicle anywhere you want to go.
With its bolder styling this compact recreational vehicle – hence CR-V – promises to be safer than its predecessor, the third-generation model. The 2012 Honda CR-V achieves better fuel economy by integrating the newly designed three-bar grille and the front headlights, creating a more aerodynamic fascia. “The CR-V Concept highlights the exterior styling with a more sophisticated and dynamic design of the upcoming production model” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc.
The signature taillights that stretch along the height of the rear hatch remain, preserving that unique feature designed over 15 years ago that made the Honda CR-V stand out from the competition.
Going up against such compact SUVs as the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Toyota RAV4, the award winning CR-V is a strong opponent. Selling all over the world in more than 160 countries and being one of the highest-ranked vehicles for initial build quality – ranked by J.D. Power & Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS) – this model will be assembled in Alliston, ON, also home of the 2011 Honda Civic.
Comparing the third iteration of the CR-V, produced since 2007, to the 2012 model, there are a number of considerable changes that have taken place. The new model receives more attention to the exterior detail including an intricate fog-light and rim design. Both models share a similar front, lip-like bumper that appears to be more defined on the newer model; this is said to make it look more like an SUV. Visibility, that suffers in many of today’s modern automobiles, looks promising in the new CR-V as the A-Pillars are not too beefy. The 2012 Honda CR-V may just be practical in every sense of the word. There have been rumours that third row seating may be available, and of course tinted rear windows for that extra privacy that everyone needs sometimes. Better looks, smarter carpooling and noticeable gas-savings, mean more exciting road trips with more of your friends.
Watch out as these fuel-sippers start hitting Toronto’s streets in early 2012. Hopefully, Honda decides to offer a slightly more exciting colour palette to its loyal customers because the new CR-V is bound to look hot in red!
For a sneak peak at what the production 2012 CR-V could look like, take a look at these spyshots from the folks at Car and Driver.
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