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New Honda CR-V revealed ahead of Geneva

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0800

The Euro version of the 2012 Honda CR-V debuts at Geneva

The new Honda CR-V has been revealed in European spec ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

We’ve seen the new Honda CR-V crop up a couple of times already. We had the Honda CR-V Concept and then we got a photo of the new CR-V cropping up on Honda’s Japan web site. But now we get the firts photos of the European spec Honda Cr-V which is either the 2012 or 2013 CR-V as it won’t arrive in the UK until September.

To be honest, we can’t really see a lot of difference between this Honda CR-V and the US version we saw last year (and the Japanese one too), but the main changes – although they won’t be huge – are under the skin.

The 2012 Honda CR-V is actually a bit smaller than the current model, although Honda have worked some magic as they say it’s bigger on the inside than the old model. Clever trick. The new CR-V is also lighter and more aerodynamic and will, no doubt, offer lower emissions and improved economy.

The lower emissions and better economy will also be down to the fettling of the engines. We still expect the new CR-V to get the choice of a 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol and a 2.2 litre i-DTEC, but with tweaks to yield a bit more power, use a bit less fuel and trim the CO2. The new CR-V will also keep its variable 4WD. There is also talk of a 1.6 litre diesel for the new CR-V with around 120bhp, but nothing official yet.

No prices for the 2012 Honda CR-V yet, although we should get news on spec and maybe prices for the UK market when it debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The 2012 / 2013 Honda CR-V will arrive in the UK in September.

(7 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)

By Cars UK