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Images and further information on the new British-built Honda CR-V to be launched in October has been released by the automaker.
Since it was first introduced in 1995, over five million CR-Vs have been sold across the world and the new, fourth generation has been comprehensively redesigned.
It was reportedly built on the success of its predecessors with greater quality, practicality and refinement.
The automaker said for the first time, the CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two- and four-wheel drive on the 2.0 i-VTEC model, while improvements to the petrol and 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engines have achieved a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Compared to the previous generation of CR-Vs, the new model takes on a more assertive and aerodynamic stance with a bolder nose section.
The front bumper is joined by a horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights.
The lower front bumper is designed to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle.
The CR-V’s signature vertical rear brake lights, which debuted on the original model, remain but introduce a more three-dimensional style.
The CR-V’s large wheels and bold wheel arches further emphasise its dynamic presence and capability.
The CR-V has been designed as a global car, but the European model features a number of exterior refinements developed specifically for this market.
A revised front bumper emphasises its dynamic appeal, while front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights are further additions.
Finding the perfect balance between a car and an SUV influenced every element of the development process, including the exterior styling. Exterior Designer Manabu Konaka explains: “The CR-V has always been a car for every occasion.
It can be both casual and formal, but the appearance must always convey solidity and reliability.”
The length and height of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space.
With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a capacious 589 litres.
The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items.
The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.
The addition of a keyless entry system and the power tailgate make it easier for owners to use the boot space and enhanced practicality. Within Honda’s global CR-V line-up, this power tailgate is unique to the European market.
“The first thing that we wanted to achieve with the interior design was a feeling of openness,” the Interior designer, Takehiro Ishibashi said.