With spy shots popping up on our radar at least twice in the past few months, we've been anticipating the arrival of a new Honda CR-V. And now the solitary image above has been circulating around these interwebs, reportedly giving us an advance look at the show car that will preview the new production model.

In typical Honda fashion, the purported concept vehicle pictured above appears to be a slightly jazzed-up version of the production CR-V expected to debut shortly. When it does enter production in Ohio and Ontario, it will likely lose the showy jumbo wheels, smoked headlamps, tinted windows and high-gloss lower body cladding, but otherwise, what you see is likely what you'll get.

Mechanically, the new crossover is expected to pick up largely where the outgoing model leaves off, but with a few important changes. Though the 2.4-liter engine – driving either the front wheels or optionally all four – could get a slight adjustment in output and efficiency, it is tipped to ditch its five-speed mate for a new six-speed automatic. The longer form also looks ready to adopt an extra pair of jump-seats in the back for seven-person capacity, but thus far, that's just a rumor.

We'll have to wait for further information from Honda to know for sure, but if the shot above turns out to be legit, we could be looking at a very stylish new CR-V indeed.

UPDATE: Honda has confirmed the image above is the real deal, and it's even confirmed that the CR-V will debut at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim this September. Check out the official press release after the jump for more information.

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FIRST IMAGE OF NEXT GENERATION HONDA CR-V CONCEPT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25 Jul 2011

Honda has released an image of the new CR-V Concept, providing the first official glimpse of styling direction. The all-new, fourth-generation CR-V is set to go on sale in the United States by the end of 2011, and in Europe in Autumn 2012.

The new CR-V Concept embraces a distinctive and bold styling direction. Compared to the previous generation, the concept model takes on a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia. The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward to convey SUV capability, while the overall lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly into the fascia for improved aerodynamics.

The CR-V's vertical taillights remain for the next model with a more three-dimensional style that wraps further into the design of the vehicle.

Equipped with more efficient engines compared to the current model, the new CR-V is expected to deliver improved fuel economy.

The CR-V is one of the top-selling SUVs, sold in more than 160 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa.

The new CR-V Concept will be on first public display at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California, in September 2011.

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      Intake
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks decent, just hope they keep it this way..
      ICantDrive88
      • 4 Years Ago
      That actually looks pretty good! That will be the first good looking Honda SUV in, well, ever! PS Autoblog, the mirrors are concept only, too skinny for production.
      Andy Drake
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the front end but the spy shots of the rear make it look a bit chunk. Much better overall though!
      Kernel Panic
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better looking than the current version for sure. Now, if they'd only put a nice TD engine that gets gets 40's highway...we'd have a home run.
      moustmms
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow! this thing is sharp--please honda, for the love god put projector head lamps (not even hid) on this beauty--that will complete the look for me--because i will never buy any automobile without projector head lamps! those funky looking reflectors just don't do it for me anymore.. they are so 20th century. please honda please! If kia/hyundai can do it , so should you HONDA!!!!!
      Jorsher
      • 4 Years Ago
      To everyone saying it looks like the Kia Sportage, I guess it does, however what does the Kia Forte look like? Looks like a Civic rip-off to me. Anyway, who cares? It's a good looking vehicle and I hope the production model doesn't stray too far from the concept. I haven't seen a good-looking Honda in years, which is why the S2000 is probably the last one I'll ever own. The 2012 Civic Si is nice, but I'll pass.
      Justin B.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda, please don't change a thing! It mixes the best of the previous CR-V with a little Volvo XC60 , Ford Explorer and Kia Sportage. That is a good thing.
      Matt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, suprised to see so many rating other peoples comments on a Honda CR-V. That being said, I think the front end has a lot of Crosstour to it but it looks so much better. This car looks so much more modern than the current one, finally. Being the proud owner of a 99 Civic coupe, I've been a little sad at what Honda has been doing lately with styling but I like this styling scheme. Keep the smoked headlights please.
      P_J
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, people, the problem is always the concept of beauty or ugly. For some of you it is ugly, for others like me, it's pretty. I like it and think it's a good cue for the model to come. And, if we're talking about similarities in designs, well, most of the cars this day have ressemblences to others, so, it's a general problem... Cheers!
      LegacyGT
      • 4 Years Ago
      When deciding to follow the design lead of the Crosstour of the Pilot they clearly went with the Crosstour. Maybe this is the lesser of two evils.
      Tony C
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks really nice (though its a concept) i hope they are not going to alter anythng of this design in production ...just look at what happened to Odyssey
      sumfoo1
      • 4 Years Ago
      How funny is that... it looks like the sorento to me... It has gone full circle now folks the japanese are ripping of the koreans now rather than the other way around.
        imdonniedarko
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sumfoo1
        Only to you maybe? It's funny how so many fans of Korean cars fantasize to the idea of their brand becoming one to be emulated instead of how it's historically been, in order to justify their purchase of their cars. Even though Hyundai/Kia has improved their cars finally to the same level as other manufactures (Welcome to legitimacy Hyundai), this was reached through blatant copying and even receiving trade secrets from a former Toyota engineer. I don't think Honda would resort to the same tactics as much you would love to fantasize. It doesn't look anything like the Sorento. I believe they would rather continue bringing out turd after turd as they have recently than resort to that lol. This new CRV is an improvement over current Hondas, the front is quite nice. The only thing I don't like is that growth in the back. I thought it was a decoy in the spy shots, but it's actually part of the sheet metal. Yikes
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