Honda Japan reveals facelifted CR-V
25 August 2009

This is the first picture of the facelifted Honda CR-V, which will go on sale in Europe next year.

The picture was leaked on to the internet by a Japanese Honda website, which also revealed the car will be unveiled on 17 September.

See the leaked Honda CR-V image

Although this date co-incides with the Frankfurt motor show, the car will not be unveiled there as Honda is not taking a stand at the event.

Changes from the current car's front end appear to be modest, but include a redesigned front grille, fog light housings and bumper.

No other details have been released.

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25 August 2009

I'm surprised. Hondas are normally very reliable. Hopefully they will resolve the leaks before it comes here.

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

25 August 2009

Ours does n't leak, ain't broke don't fix it, though it has no puddle lights.

25 August 2009

I couldn't care a lot less what it looks like - who buys a CRV for looks?

But what it does desperately need is a more powerful diesel and an auto option. Personally, I think all diesels should be autos - where's the fun in manual gear changing on a low-revving diesel engine, it's just totally tedious to row along.

So, be interesting to see if the engine/transmission specs get enhanced at all.

(And an update to the satnav wouldn't go amiss either - some of the functionality is very clunky. Why does it allow me just one choice of route (fastest/shortest etc) sometimes for no obvious reason and with the other options non-selectable? And why sometimes does it completely miscalculate the journey time/distance, ie it can start off showing a 2 hour/100 mile journey and 5 minutes later in the journey will update to a much more realistic 50 miles/ 1 hour.)

25 August 2009

[quote prodata]I think all diesels should be autos - where's the fun in manual gear changing on a low-revving diesel engine, it's just totally tedious to row along.[/quote] Manual diesels are huge fun! Obviously it depends what car you're driving, but there are loads of fun diesel manuals out there! As for the CRV, I think it's the back that needs the most attention. It's a bit nondescript at the moment. And it's a shame to see that there are manufacturers like Honda dropping out of Frankfurt!

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25 August 2009

[quote prodata]what it does desperately need is a more powerful diesel[/quote]

Agreed. Ours can feel a bit lethargic when fully loaded. I see there's a new Accord Type-S with a 180bhp 2.2 diesel, I'd love to see that engine in the CR-V. Since ours is nearly 3 year's old now - one of the 1st - we're not far off a replacement.


25 August 2009

The C-RV is ugly. End of. It will only not be ugly when they totally redesign it.

That does not stop it being a decent car though. I reckon they'll be using the facelift to drop the 148bhp i-DTEC in from the Accord as it's cleaner and more powerful than the current CDTI. They may also do as Nissan/Toyota have and offer it in the other state of tune, the 180bhp version.

What else do you think from the facelight? Mild interior stuff? The chassis was actually pretty well sorted for a Honda - much better than the pre-facelift Civic and last-gen Jazz.

25 August 2009

The main news here is that Honda IS NOT ATTENDING THE FRANKFIRT MOTOR SHOW. Things must be bad if they are not attending one of Europes largest motoring events. As for the CRV erm whats changed?.

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One of the first 'soft-roaders' returns for a new generation, but while upstarts like the Mazda CX-5 and BMW X3 have moved the segment on, does the Honda bring anything new?

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