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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.


First Look: 2012 Honda CR-V

Updated cute-ute delayed by Japanese shortages.

by on Jul.25, 2011

A new look for the 2012 Honda CR-V.

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.

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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.