It’s been five years since a major redesign of the popular Honda CR-V compact crossover, but if this glimpse of the 2012 Honda CR-V Concept is any indication of what’s in store later this year, the wait is finally over.
Sure, there was a minor refresh in 2010, but that was just to tide consumers over until an all-new redesign. Now, with the reveal of the 2012 Honda CR-V Concept, it looks as though the folks in charge at Honda are going with their strengths: keeping the styling attractive enough to lure new buyers while not offending the loyal base of current buyers.
Expect the next-gen CR-V to sport an optional third-row seat – the better to finally compete with the Toyota RAV-4. Another possibility is a six-speed automatic transmission to further improve the CR-V’s fuel economy numbers.
What won’t change is the fact that front-wheel drive will be standard on base models and an all-wheel drive will be available on upper trims.
The 2012 Honda CR-V Concept will likely make its official appearance at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The production version of the 2012 CR-V will probably be on sale by the end of the year.
As for how close the production version matches the concept, what rolls off the assembly line later this year most likely won’t have the inviting limo-tint windows and oversize wheels. But the styling is pretty eye-catching just the same.