• European 2012 Honda CR-V

  • European 2012 Honda CR-V front

  • European 2012 Honda CR-V headlight

  • European 2012 Honda CR-V profile

  • European 2012 Honda CR-V rear 3/4

  • European 2012 Honda CR-V tail light

  • European 2012 Honda CR-V rear

Honda has unveiled a prototype version of the upcoming European CR-V ahead of the model's debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show. As with most prototypes from Honda, the vehicle is a thinly veiled version of the production CUV set to hit dealerships later this year. If the 2012 CR-V looks familiar, it certainly should. At first glance, the tall-riding five door looks to be a carbon-copy of the U.S. market vehicle. Peer a bit closer, however, and you're likely to notice the Euro prototype wears a grille with a slightly different finish compared to its American cousin.

Our eyes also spot a mildly tweaked lower front fascia with different fog lamp openings and different – dare we say more attractive – headlights to match. Honda isn't saying much about what sort of drivetrain options European buyers will be able to enjoy once the 2012 CR-V lands. Odds are we'll have to wait until the official debut next month. In the meantime, hit the jump for the brief press release and check it out in the gallery.
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Honda Reveals Images of the European CR-V Prototype

Honda has revealed images of the European CR-V Prototype ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2012.

This preview model highlights the exterior styling direction of the all-new fourth generation European Honda CR-V, which is set to go on sale in Autumn 2012.

Compared to the previous generation, this Prototype adopts 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 lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly into the fascia for improved aerodynamics.

The Honda Press Conference will take place at 09.15 CET on Tuesday 6 March.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I prefer that lower air damn over the one used in North America.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will undoubtedly be available with a Diesel and a 6-speed stick too. Cue sad trombone for us Americans.
      Danny Eckel
      • 3 Years Ago
      The wheels make such a massive difference
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw the new CRV and the rest of the line-up at the Toronto Auto Show this week. Honda's interior quality is just awful...you can tell the yen has forced them to take cost out of those cars like crazy. The only reason I see people buying this over a new Escape is based on what Honda did 15 years ago that leads to their good resale value and thus, lower lease payments.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That makes zero sense. The CR-V is not built in Japan and imported to the USA. I've been in the new CR-V, and the interior is VERY nice. Have fun in your Escape that came out in the 1990s and has yet to be updated.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'll be seeing this tomorrow at the Canadian International Auto Show.
      Sean Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn. Boring design that looks like a rollerskate.
      DS Davis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never has such an ugly, unappealing vehicle received so much press. Oh- and the fog lamp openings look better you say? That's because Honda just copied the ones from the Sorrento. It's really quite amazing. But it was not always this way. Now, however, looking at Honda's dreadful lineup, it is pretty clear that people who buy them just want an appliance for transportation. I mean, who can stand looking at these things?
      • 3 Years Ago
      North Americans always get sucky cars compared to Europeans.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or a decent car but compromised with sucky options for engine and transmission. It's as if the manufacturers ask, "How can we dull this down for the lowest common denominator suburban buyer?"
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      yawn. You have to be kidding. it looks exactly the same
      • 3 Years Ago
      the fog light outline resemble the new Kia Sorento. my sis had the previous gen CRV and don't know if i like that hunch part. but i def like the new front compared to the previous one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rear end reminds me just a little bit too much of the XC60
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