European 2012 Honda CR-V

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.