A few years on from its 2011 debut, the current Honda CR-V is preparing to go under the knife for a refresh. Typical of these sort of mid-cycle deals, the changes for Honda's popular CUV are minor.

The front of the car is home to the most dramatic (a relative term here) changes, with revised headlights sporting what looks like a slimmer profile. The three-bar grille has been heavily tweaked and is now a two-bar item, with a larger lower bar and a nose badge that covers both upper and lower sections.

The fascia itself has been modified with what looks like a larger lower intake, while the foglights have gone from the circular pattern of the current car to a rectangular pattern on the facelifted model. It looks like they'll still sport conventional bulbs, although the shape of the lights themselves look like a natural fit for a set of LED running lights (as is the trend).

Changes in the back are decidedly calmer. Honda has modified the rear bumper, and at least on these British-plated, Euro-spec CR-Vs, a larger set of reflectors have been integrated in a higher, more outboard position than on the current model. The taillights look to have undergone the most minor of changes, retaining the shape of the ones found on the current CR-V.

Finally, our spies point out that the cabin will be home to some very minor changes, as evidenced by the bits of camo on the center stack.

It should be noted that as these are European market vehicles, we may not see all of the changes to the North American market CR-V. That said, we're still expecting there to be some tweaks coming to our version of Honda's crossover sooner rather than later.


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      Indubitably
      • 4 Months Ago
      The current Euro CRV already had LED running lights... http://www.motorward.com/wp-content/images/2012/02/European-CR-V-1.jpg
      Ryan Zilker
      • 4 Months Ago
      What about that ginormous moon roof? Is that standard kit in Europe?
      bK
      • 4 Months Ago
      Are we going to get the projector HID and LED DRLs this time?
      Deepen Gandhi
      • 4 Months Ago
      OMG HONDA! Change the freaking rear of the CR-V! Enough of those ugly awkward shaped Taillights! IDC if it's a signature CR-V feature! Time to GO! Make the rear more like the Acura RDX!
      DKY
      • 4 Months Ago
      So it's basically the same CUV and the refresh isn't quite so....refreshing. Thats a good thing because my '13 CRV will still retain its resale value.
        jessesrq
        • 4 Months Ago
        @DKY
        Judging by the ridiculously low lease rates, Honda has a lot of confidence in the residual values. My sister got one last week and the total of payments was over $4,000 less than a comparable CX-5, the CUV we both preferred.
        lazybeans
        • 4 Months Ago
        @DKY
        CRVs have excellent resale value.
      Matt
      • 4 Months Ago
      The halogen reflector lamps on the current one look so out of place now that every other car on the road at least has projector halogens, if not HID and/or LED.