Honda Drops New CR-V Concept Photo

The fourth generation Honda CR-V is set to go on sale by the end of the year. Honda is now giving us a glimpse in the form of a single photograph.  In standard Honda form, they are showing off a concept. If this is anything like their past behavior, it’s essentially what the CR-V will look like (like though some of the more aggressive trim will give way to more conservative headlamps and trim). Want to see it in person ASAP? The CR-V Concept will be at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA in September.

So, what say ye? Is this a leap forward for the ever popular crossover? Is it a leap forward for Honda design in general? Post below.


07/25/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The 2012 Honda CR-V Concept provides the first official glimpse of the styling direction for the all-new, fourth-generation CR-V set to go on sale in the United States by the end of the year, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

“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.”

The CR-V Concept embraces a distinctive and bold styling direction for the top-selling1 SUV in the United States. Compared to the current-generation CR-V, the concept model takes on a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia. The front bumper’s smooth-flowing lines are highlighted by a horizontal three-bar grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle, while the lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly with the fascia for improved aerodynamics.

The CR-V’s signature vertical rear taillights remain for 2012 with a more three-dimensional style that wraps further into the design of the vehicle. The CR-V Concept’s large 5-spoke machined alloy wheels and bold fender flares emphasize the vehicle’s dynamic presence and capability.

The all-new 2012 CR-V will improve upon the current model in a variety of ways, and will feature a more fuel-efficient engine and reduced body weight. In addition to all-new exterior styling, the 2012 CR-V will have an all-new interior with a more accommodating and spacious design with a lower cargo floor.

Currently in the fifth year of its model cycle, the CR-V continues to sell at a record pace. The 2011 CR-V was among the highest-ranked vehicles in its segment for initial quality in J.D. Power & Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS), where it finished second to the Honda Element in the compact SUV segment. The CR-V is sold globally in more than 160 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In the U.S., CR-V is manufactured in Ohio at the East Liberty Auto Plant of Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., using domestic and globally sourced parts. The East Liberty Auto Plant earned a Silver Award for outstanding quality in the recently released J.D. Power 2011 Initial Quality Study. The 2012 CR-V Concept will be on display at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California, in September.


  1. TheCarFan says:

    This concept’s rear is pretty similar to the XC60′s. I think it looks pretty nice at some points, but it is still a bit too futuristic for these days. I personally hope Honda will not release it like this, but with some more aerodynamic curves. It will make it look good and it will get many sales. By the way, it already looks bigger and better than the previous version.

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  3. hiptech says:

    Honda Crosstour meets Infiniti QX SUV… another Honda abomination.

    Just wanted to personally thank Honda for proving me wrong when I said (after first seeing the Crosstour and ZDX)… “I think this is about the worst I’ve ever seen from Honda, they can’t possibly continue putting out cars that hurt my eyes as much as this.”

    Honda please accept my heartfelt apologies… I was wrong

  4. revilo1 says:

    In my opinion is often a concept is more exciting than the production model.
    If you don’t like the concept chances are high the final model will disappoint when price and assembly costs are realized by the manufacturer.
    2 fairly recent examples, The Honda CRZ and Honda Odyssey.. Really liked the futuristic concepts here.. final production models were dumbed down and ended up look quite plain in compassion.

  5. kenwenzel says:

    Looks like it might be more aerodynamic and less square than the outgoing model. Probably in an attempt to cheat the wind and get better MPG. Not bad looks though.

  6. dravi says:

    I hope the CR-V proves to be better than the new Civic. I owned a 2006 and loved mine for 2 years, but it was loud and noisy. I’ve heard that the new Civic is even louder and noisier with some downgrades (per a consumer magazine). I hope to see your review soon.

  7. sarg86 says:

    This does look like a bigger vehicle, I wish there was a picture of the actual back end to be able to judge it a little bit better. CR-V’s have allways been decent cars I’m sure this is no exeption.

  8. FinalBlue says:

    I think it looks like a logical evolution of the current CR-V (which it well should be, I suppose); there’s nothing really outrageously different here. It seems like a blend of the Honda Crosstour, the Kia Sportage, and the Honda FCX Clarity, and for the most part, it works. However, overall, the design seems somewhat confused and schizophrenic, in the sense that while the front end is very aggressive, sporty, and sharp, moving towards the rear reveals nothing but soft and smooth lines (although I’d have to see other shots of the concepts to confirm that).

    Furthermore, while I like the new front end and grille, I can’t help but think that the lower front bumper gives a (probably) false impression that this CR-V will have off-road chops. Also, while it’s difficult to gauge how large a car is if all you have to go on are pictures, I think the car seems somewhat bloated in the rear. While ordinarily I would ascribe a larger rump in a crossover to the inclusion/addition of a third row, other pictures of the 2012 CR-V I’ve seen (when it has camo on) have shown that it’s sticking with 5 seats and is merely using the increased size to bolster trunk space. I’m glad Honda is showing restraint in this regard, and isn’t just slapping on an extra row of seats because they can.

    What’s weird though is that despite the increased space in the rear, the rearmost side window sections seem abnormally cut and unnecessarily small. The side mirrors also seem particularly tiny.

    While I don’t think this CR-V is a leap forward for Honda design, I do think it’s an important step towards getting them back on track to the “less is more” design mentality that made some of their earlier vehicles so memorable.

  9. Ken says:

    wow…….can it get anymore uglier? Please just borrow some designers from Hyundai/Kia already. What is wrong with Japanese car designs these days? Michael Keaton should star a new movie called The plain, The ugly and The weird…………LOLLL

  10. JF says:

    I’m really not liking the rear profile of the side windows. The kink introduces a blind spot in the rear and they could have maximized the height of the window and follow the roof profile closely instead of bringing it down so much.

    It’s frustrating that car manufacturers think customers want EVERYTHING to be stylish on their car; even the critical areas like daylight openings. Guys, give the practical cars as much glass area as possible and leave the ridiculous fast profiles to sport coupés. Am I the only one who thinks it’s crazy to compromise visibility (therefore safety) just so the profile looks slightly better? I long for the days when Volvo designed sensible wagons with as much glass as the car footprint could offer, it was practical.

  11. MustangEmile says:

    The rear reminds me of the ugly Pontiac Aztec!

  12. TV says:

    It’s a concept so I have to believe the wheels are at least 19s. There are spy shots out there that show this from the rear and it doesn’t look too bulbous. It’s always difficult to tell from photos, I’m cautiously optimistic.

  13. GusGT says:

    I feel like the CR-V rear profile is awkward. Maybe it’s the picture angle but I’m reminded of the 2011 Odyssey. The side rear windows on both vehicles don’t seem to flow with the roofline. Do the wheels look like 18′s/19′s or is it my imagination? The front end looks like a natural progression of the CR-V.