2012 Honda CR-V Concept first picture released

2012 Honda CR-V Concept first picture released

About a month ago, Honda launched a new microsite with a picture of a tunnel with text reading ‘An all new CR-V is coming’ and here it is – well, at least in concept form.

What you’re looking at is the first picture of the new Honda CR-V Concept hinting to us what the next-generation model of the crossover will look like when it hits dealerships in late 2011. Keep in mind, Honda is well known for showing concepts that are just ‘souped’ up versions of the production car. That means that the next-generation CR-V will look very much like the picture you see here.

“The 2012 CR-V Concept introduces the exterior styling for the more sophisticated and dynamic design of the upcoming production model,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. “Long considered the benchmark for packaging and user-friendly design in the small SUV segment, the all-new CR-V will offer an added dimension of style, amazing interior versatility and Honda’s latest technologies for convenience and refinement.”

What we don’t expect to change on the next-generation CR-V is the powertrain option. Honda will most likely continue with the current 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine making 180-hp and 161 lb-ft of torque but fuel efficiency figures, like the new Civic’s, will be marginally better.

The CR-V is one of the top-selling SUVs, sold in more than 160 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa. The New CR-V Concept will be on first public display at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California, in September 2011.

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