2012 Honda CR-V spy shot – Click above for high-res image

While Honda may have to delay rolling out the successor to the current CR-V crossover, a shortage of parts resulting from the crisis in Japan doesn't mean it isn't still working on the project. And while we hadn't seen any prototypes running before, we've now received our first glimpse.

The test mule in this solitary spy shot is wearing a bra over the front end and some taping around the hind quarters, but is otherwise fairly naked for all to see. So what are we looking at? Heavily revised styling for a start, with tail-lights that extend up the D-pillar like the current model but with a rather Volvo-like shape to them. Our intrepid auto spies also suggest the extended rear end could be making room for a third row of seats (wonder what that D-pillar tape job is hiding?), but from where we sit, it looks mighty cramped.

Beyond the design, we can expect a slightly more powerful and more efficient version of the current model's 2.4-liter VTEC four. Expect production to begin in Ohio and Ontario before winter rolls back around.


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      chrono00
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope that the front end looks better than the current model. Everything else from the front wheels to the rear is definitely a big improvement in terms of looks. But, knowing Honda, the front end may not look that much different. We can hope, right?
      gork
      • 3 Years Ago
      CR-V. Stretch edition.
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the Honda CR-V, my aunt owns a red 2006 Honda CR-V EX, she barely had to fix anything besides the HV/AC system, everything else is working properly, and she's thinking of buying the new 2012 Honda Civic, I drove it, great car, nice interior even if the materials are sorta hard, but besides I think its a very good car, she also thinking of a Ford Focus also a great car for her. I don't know why alot of people bash the recent Hondas all they really have to do is test drive it and see for themselves.
      B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even if it doesn't have a 3rd row, it looks to be longer out back, with an extended greenhouse. If Honda is improving the fuel efficiency and/or power, the larger size is a no-brainer. The current generation is quite short and can feel like a small sedan in parking lots. Adding length would still keep it a reasonable and maneuverable size.
      bernankie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a really big fan of the first generations of CR-Vs. I've ridden in them multiple times. Even rented one for the week while my GA was @ the shop with a cracked coolant hose. Overall CR-Vs seem to be extremely well built cars that are miles ahead in Quality compared to most other CUV's. Previous generations seemed to be a lot more rugged than the current models. And this one seems to look more like a Crosstour than the a CR-V.
      dougs2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, they must have run out of ideas to straight up graft the rear of a Volvo on.. -_- Honda = FAIL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dougs2k
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        m5nm3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dougs2k
        nice fail dougs2k
          dougs2k
          • 3 Years Ago
          @m5nm3
          Who's the fail now, go back to your BMW hole..
        kplaya416
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dougs2k
        @jaybird ACTUALLY Volvo has been using vertical tailights on their wagons since 1993 with the 850. the CR-V didnt come out until 1995. There's no denying this thing looks like an XC60
          dougs2k
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kplaya416
          Gotta love the Honda fanbois who know nothing..
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kplaya416
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          Alex740
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kplaya416
          And if you want to take it back even farther, Volvo has been using a verticle stack of taillights on it's wagons since the 1960s with the first 144, every model generation they have just gotten taller. It's undoubtably a Volvo design trademark that has been consistently used for decades on every wagon and SUV from Volvo, Honda has used it on and off on some models for a fraction of that time.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      uh-oh, the Honda fanbois are here.
      meekli8
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's official! Honda just take their own company to the shithole!
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @meekli8
        What???? What in the world are you talking about?
          meekli8
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          What I mean basically is Honda **** themselves by hiring interns to do their designs and it seems like their R&D department is frozen and their technology is stuck in the mid 90's this company is pn its way down and its very obvious! SOYANARA!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @meekli8
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      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like they left it in the microwave too long. It started to melt towards the back.
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      The latest generation of USM Honda designers deserved permanent residents in Abu Ghraib.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking good, Honda. You don't have to keep up with others' newfangled technology. Making great powertrains is what you do best. It's not about the voice-activation or automated parking in Honda's square. It's about reliability and volume. I'd like to see the RDX's 2.3T in more applications. A great engine that's often overlooked.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
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