Official Honda website appears to show all-new CR-V

Images of the new Honda CR-V have appeared on the company's website, confirming that the design will remain faithful to the concept version shown off earlier this year.

The manufacturer released the first official picture of the Honda CR-V SUV concept in the summer, and was due to unveil the production car at next month's Los Angeles motor show. However, the latest images appeared without explanation on the Honda website at the weekend.

See Honda CR-V exterior and interior pictures

The CR-V is based on an all-new platform. The most prominent changes are at the front, where the CR-V features a wraparound lower front bumper that is better integrated into the rest of the front fascia than on the current car.

The three-bar horizontal front grille is also much more dominant than the current CR-V’s, with slimmed-down headlights flanking it on either side. Honda claims the front-end styling changes result in much improved aerodynamics over the current car.

Sculpted bodywork features on the sides, which also get more pronounced side sills. The large alloy wheels featured on the concept have been exchanged for more practical-looking variants.

At the rear, the CR-V will retain the vertical light design of the current car. The Japanese firm is also claiming an all-new, more spacious interior with a lower floor for improved load-carrying ability.

Engine details are still scarce, although improved efficiency and fuel economy is promised. The outgoing CR-V is available with a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel engine, both of which produce 148bhp.

Our Verdict

Honda CR-V
If the new CR-V looks more crossover than old-guard SUV it may be because the roofline is 30mm lower than before

Can the Honda CR-V bring anything new to a crowded arena?

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