A couple of months ago, we brought you a solitary spy shot of a virtually undisguised prototype of the next-generation Honda CR-V undergoing testing right here in the U.S. of A. And now, in a solid indication that development is proceeding despite setbacks in Japan, another pair of test mules has popped up.

What we can tell from the full batch of spy shots is that Honda appears to have taken a few pages out of the Volvo design book for the new CR-V – particularly around its rear quarters. And that's no bad thing, seeing as how the XC60 is one of the slickest crossovers on the market right now.

While still unconfirmed, the shape also seems to confirm rumors of a newly instituted third row of seats for seven-passenger capacity, a feature which is being demanded more and more by crossover buyers in order to justify the genre's large form.

Expect the 2.4-liter VTEC four to get a slight bump in both power and efficiency when it goes into production in Ohio and Ontario before the winter sets back in.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I sell them and can't remember the last time someone asked me for a 3rd row seat in one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Honda seat supplier writing on another forum insists the third row is not happening, FWIW. The Rav has a low take rate on their third row, right?
      Justin Campanale
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not really a huge fan of the looks of the current CRV, but I have to say that this looks pretty good. Not flat out gorgeous, but I can see some European styling cues in there. Which is a good thing in my book.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wait...the pilot has the extra row of seats, but we need to add another row of seats to the cr-v and make it BIGGER to accommodate this consumer demand? why don't you show the customer the pilot? now there will be others that want a smaller cuv again, and we'll get ANOTHER version of this that seats 5 once more. this...is...just...plain...dumb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Liking the front, liking the back, not really on the sides, but so far, pretty good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, if there is 3rd seat, I hope that it's optional. I have a 2008 and I love it. I have the light blue. It was the least ugliest color available. Now I wish that Honda would use some bright paint colors. They have used the same identical shade of white, black and silver for at least 10+ years. Honda, pay attention. How about adding some metal flake to the black paint. How come the CR-V is available in red and bright blue in the UK but not here. Projector lights would be nice too. Anyway, give us bright colors. Also , how about another interior color? Why should just about every white car you make have a tan interior. Tan is too light. My entire family is always wearing dark jeans and it rubs off on the seats. Hubby's 2010 CIVIC has tan seats and they have that bluish tinge from the blue jeans. Anyway, time to drop the wrappings off this car. I love Hondas and this one could be our 4th as long as it you have some new bright colors. Also , stop lying to the public. TANGO RED PEARL is NOT read. It's maroon. The same for the BASQUE RED on the Accord. That is a deep maroon. You need to call the color by what it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Noah, your writing is terrible. I have no other way to say it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      shouldn't the third row seats be left to the pilot?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Headline should read: "Honda Caught testing another vehicle It plans to ruin"
      Danny Eckel
      • 4 Years Ago
      We have a CR-V now and adding a third row seems really dumb to me. It will be so small it will be useless. People have CR-V's to be high up, not for carrying seven passengers around.
      Hi There Paul
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Honda styling department continues it's downward spiral. I was thinking of getting one of these, but besides the styling I'm sure it will have a 5 speed auto when most of the competition has gone to 6 speeds. The Accord still has those ancient intrusive trunk hinges, instead of the newer torsion bars.
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