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27 July 2011

Honda starts seducing with its 2012 CR-V Concept

Words by Christopher Kho | Photo courtesy of World Honda
 
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Months before it officially arrives in US dealerships later this year, Honda is jumping the gun as it starts to seduce with its 2012 CR-V Concept. Although the fourth-generation crossover should be production-ready by now, Honda hopes to get the hype up with its over-the-top concept creation. Judging from the sole photo Honda has released, the new CR-V had grown a bit more muscle and received a bit of bling compared to the model it will soon replace. However, as with all concept cars, we're expecting that some of the glitter will rub off as soon as it hits the showroom floor.
 
Drawing some design influence from the Accord, the CR-V now boasts a bolder front end highlighted by new deeply swept-back headlights that wraps around the three-tier chrome grill. The lower bumper received a lot of attention as well, contrasting the sporty side intakes with a very rugged lower skid plate. But compared to the vastly altered fascia, it retains a bit of shape from the previous CR-V's rear; an example of which are the vertical taillights. We, however, are doubtful that the smoked headlights and large 5-spoke alloy rims will ever make it into production. 
 
With only one picture to get our appetites going, it's still anyone's guess how the rear end and interior will appeal. Honda, on the other hand, did mention that the 2012 CR-V should feature a more fuel-efficient engine and reduced body weight, plus an all-new interior with a lower cargo floor. But until the real deal shows up on stage, let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope that Honda's CR-V has got what it takes to go head-to-head with its crossover counterparts.