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First Look: Honda CR-V Concept

Cute ute finally ready after 3-month delay.

by on Sep.22, 2011

The fourth-generation Honda CR-V makes its belated debut - albeit in "concept" form.

Honda’s cute ute is finally taking its bows, the 2012 CR-V delayed by about three months due to the March disaster in Japan that set all that country’s makers on their ears.

The CR-V has been one of Honda’s strongest sellers over the years – besting the likes of the Toyota RAV-4 and Ford Escape to top the compact SUV charts for the last four years in a row — and the maker is betting it will remain a solid contender going forward.  It will need a hit.  Honda has taken some unexpected lumps, in recent months, the new 2012 Civic slammed by critics that included the influential Consumer Reports magazine.

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Officially, the 2012 Honda CR-V making its debut at the Orange Country International Auto Show today is just a concept vehicle, but it “strongly hints at the more dynamic and refined look of the upcoming model,” proclaimed John Mendel, the maker’s top U.S. executive.