You diehard Honda CR-V fans out there can finally get a glimpse of what the Japanese automaker has planned for its CUV. A rash of patent drawings has cropped up showing the new face of the next-generation vehicle ahead of its debut at the 2011 Orange County Auto Show. As expected, the basic shape of the 2012 CR-V has stuck fairly close to the lines of the concept image that debuted back in July. Design cues like the wide upper grille, swept headlights and stylized d-pillar have all stayed on while flashy bits like the concept's massive wheels have been scrapped for more civilized pieces.

Under the hood, we still expect to see a variant of the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While tweaks to the final power and fuel consumptions may rear their heads at the unveil, we don't expect any dramatic changes. Buyers can look forward to a new six-speed automatic transmission that puts power to either the front or all four wheels depending on trim. The final unanswered question is whether or not Honda has managed to cram a third row of seats in the back...


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      RA
      • 3 Years Ago
      clean. not overdone. not for the fanboy kids on here..
      GuyInkagneto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just wondering: where did these patent drawing come from? EU? USA? I suppose the European CR-V would have HID's/LED's, and the US version would omit them altogether to bring costs down. After all, the current CR-V has HID's in Europe...
      Sportbike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great update. -21 more hp -Less weight -better mileage -better looking
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm confused about the "shoulder blades" on the back, and the gap between them. At first I assumed it was for the spare tire, but the current CR-V doesn't have a rear-mounted spare. I'm sure it'll make sense when I see an actual photo, but for now it's bizarre.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks better than the current one up front at least.
      sysadm1n
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chevy Equinox looks better.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sysadm1n
        No, the Equinox looks like an egg and the Terrain is absolutely hideous...
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sysadm1n
        I don't know that the Equinox is better, but it's definitely not worse. This is a boring as the rest of them in the segment. Which means (like the Equinox) it will probably sell fantastically. :/
      Daniel Pach
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure looks like an Aztec design to me....
      Hi There Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some people, actually quite a few, like a car, CUV, SUV, whatever you want to call it, that you can get into, turn the key, and drive it for 100,000 trouble free miles. If you don't like the styling, too bad.
        Bryan Pizzuti
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hi There Paul
        Those are the people who buy Hyundais and Kias, right? While the people who like to have fun while driving buy Fords and Mazdas.
          Haywood
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bryan Pizzuti
          LOL, that was funny Bryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bryan Pizzuti
          [blocked]
        Juffinstuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hi There Paul
        There are plenty of vehicles you can get into and do that which aren't as ugly and bland. The Equinox is an excellent vehicle, the CX-7, the Kuga/new Escape, etc.
          Haywood
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Juffinstuff
          Equinox is an overweight pig. The CX-7 is a gas ******* pig. The Kuga has a pig snout.
      Harold Roy Bridges
      • 3 Years Ago
      another ugly pile of **** ! come on honda step up ! prelude owner
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      No, it isn't exciting but it is definitely a clean, handsome design. At least it isn't as bad as some of the designs that have come out of Honda recently. I am sure the improvements will keep the CR-V ontop of the heap as far as small CUVs go. It should also retain its sales title for another generation if this truly has that rumored K25 and a six speed automatic.
        scott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        You are clearly the only one calling it handsome. and you are also the like Dest, InvisibleBlog, Smooth etc, the only ones who blindly support Honda's fall into oblvion. You die hard Honda people still living on their reputation they had in 1995 are the reasons they are content with being mediocre...'oh, it's ugly, and the fit and finish sure ain't what it was, but I'll buy it because it's a Honda." C'mon, there is notexcuse for Honda to be making such subpar vehicles when the competition has surpassed theem.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @scott
          NightFlight, the CRV isn't the best in its segment. True, it is one of the best, but it is outshined by the newer Sportage and Terrain. Not to say that this CRV won't be competitive, but they'll have to try VERY hard to beat the Terrain and Sportage Just a few facts The Terrain and the Sportage both have better interiors. They both have better mileage. The Terrain has more interior space They have better rides. They both have more up-to-date trannies. I agree that the CRV is much better than some of the POS's in this segment like the Grand Vitara and the current Escape, but it is nowhere near the top, frankly. In all honesty, I wouldn't touch any of these cars with a 10 foot pole. If God forced me to get a small SUV that wasn't a Land Rover, I'd go for the Tiguan, CX-5 (once it's out) the Countryman (already have one), or I'd take a look at the Outback and Jetta wagons.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @scott
          You are calling me a Honda fanboy?! HAHAHA Check my posts on the Veloster story..... The CR-V is still the best choice in its segment, even the current one that has been on the market since mid-2006. It isn't the best at any one thing, but it is very good at almost everything. That's called being competent and balanced. That is EXACTLY what consumers are looking for, and it explains how its been the best selling SUV in America since it came out for MY2007.
          Smooth
          • 3 Years Ago
          @scott
          Scott, Please don't assume that because someone supports Honda means they love all that they do. Far from it. As a fan, I've sent letters to Honda saying what they need to add/change and directed links to Autoblog posts and other sites through their Twitter accounts of peoples comments on their current products. Please, no blind lead on my end. I've got a brain. I use it. I just like what I like. I've gotten Twitter responses saying they will send the info to the right people and actually appreciated it. I'm waiting for a response to the letter I sent. Let's see. So again, no blind following. Trust me on that. I'm 20 years old, not 8. I haven't played follow the leader in a long time...... :) Justin Campanale, You listed a "few facts" for the 2011 CR-V against the newer Sportage and Terrain. We're talking about the 2012 model here. Different vehicles. We would hope that newer vehicles are better than one that's been basically the same since late 2005 or so, right? Or maybe you are talking about the 2012 model because you've seen it? If so, where can I se it also? I haven't seen much on it.....
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I'd have to agree. It's conservative with the exception of the front end, but it'll still sell like hotcakes and eventually show up on every street corner just because it's a Honda and the sheeple that buy them won't wake up and smell the roses from the Tuscon, Sportage, Equinox/Terrain, Rogue, and even the Tiguan. It may be old right now, but it's almost certain that Ford will smack the next-generation Escape out of the ballpark too. The UK Kuga which it is supposed to be rebadged from looks really good.
      Karl T
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty much just as ugly as the current design. Hardly an improvement.
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somehow, I feel like it's not human who had designed this car, but rather a computer.. They entered the command "give me a aerodynamic design for CR-V" to the computer, and started calculating, then wallah.. there you've got the 2012 CR-V..
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