Honda’s “cute-ute” is getting a new look. The ever-popular CR-V will take a distinctly different design direction when it makes its debut in the U.S. market by the end of the year, the company has revealed with the first formal shot of the fourth-generation crossover-utility vehicle.
Routinely a best-seller in the compact crossover market, the 2012 Honda CR-V will feature a more buff and sculpted appearance, with less visual emphasis on the cute and more on the ute. Overall, the image suggests a slightly larger vehicle with headlights more smoothly integrated into the fenders and a new take on the three-bar grille.
The higher bumper and built-in skid plate would suggest Honda has integrated some SUV-like off-road capabilities.
Officially declared a “concept,” the photo is expected to be quite close to the look of the actual 2012 Honda CR-V, the third best-selling product line for American Honda, so a critical addition to the line-up. And a much-delayed one, the launch pushed back due to the problems created by the March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The 2012 CR-V was originally expected closer to the launch of the upcoming model-year.