Honda Prepares for Release of New 2012 CR-V Compact Crossover
The fourth-generation CR-V is scheduled to be released in the 2011 calendar year. Honda has confirmed that 2012 will be the first model year for the next CR-V, a compact crossover that is consistently one of the top sellers in the segment. So far, Honda isn't revealing much besides saying there will be a different design and new features. The current CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 161 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. Honda has never offered more than one engine option for the CR-V in contrast to competitors like the Kia Sportage (four-cylinder and turbocharged four-cylinder) and Chevrolet Equinox (four- and six-cylinder). We wouldn't be surprised to see Honda simply update the existing engine for the new 2012 CR-V. In the 2011 Accord EX sedan and Accord Coupe, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 190 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, slight increases from the current car. Increased fuel economy is a certainty for the next-generation CR-V. Currently, the 2011 CR-V has fuel economy rated at 21/28 mpg city/highway in front-wheel-drive form. Expect mileage of at least 22/30 mpg on the 2012 CR-V. If the next CR-V follows the pattern of the new 2012 Civic, the crossover may feature Eco Assist, a driver feedback system previously only offered on the Insight hybrid. Don’t expect a manual transmission in the next-generation CR-V, but it’s possible the five-speed automatic will continue. One of the most significant interior upgrades will likely come in the form of the intelligent Multi-Information Display, a five-inch color screen that shows vehicle and audio information – even album artwork – on the 2012 Civic. by Zach Gale
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