Honda CRV is one of the most successful compact crossover SUV’s of all time and has been a best seller for many years in it’s category. What makes it distinct from other vehicles is that the ingenious design that packs comfort, reliability, handling, styling and fuel efficiency into a compact form

The CRV was introduced in 1995 and was the first SUV from Honda. The most awaited 2012 model with a complete redesign from it’s previous version, is it’s fourth generation. Yes, the latest model has undergone a complete redesign with lots of added features. This model gives increasing importance for safety and space too. The major change to this vehicle could be the addition of third row of seat.

The main competitors are Toyota Rav4, Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Escape. Although CRV is costliest of all in this category, it still remains the best seller in the US.

Features and specifications

It is powered by a 2.4L 4 cylinder petrol engine which produces a maximum power of 180 bhp at 6800 rpm. It will also be available with a diesel heart in the Europe and subsequently be introduced in India. The valve train is 16- valve DOHC and comes with real time all wheel drive mechanism. It has got a five speed automatic transmission apart from the manual gearbox.

The safety features include standard airbags, ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure which takes care of the cross crash compatibility with different segments of vehicles such a sedan, SUV etc., Anti-lock braking system, Electronic brake distribution, Vehicle Stability Assist, Tyre pressure monitoring system and side-impact door beams.

Next, regarding the convenience features, the vehicle will be equipped with Honda satellite linked navigation system with voice recognition and rear view camera, bluetooth hands-free link, cruise control, power door and tailgate locks, tilt and telescopic steering column, steering wheel mounted audio controls, conversation mirror with sunglass holder and more.

Now, on the exterior features, it has a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, remote entry system, auto on/off multi-reflector halogen headlights, folding power slide mirrors etc.

When to expect it in the market?

This all new Honda CRV 2012 will be exhibited in the Los Angeles auto show scheduled this November. Soon after that, it is said to make debut in the western markets followed by other countries. I know you all are waiting to see it closely, but all I can say is that keep patience and wait for the official news from Honda.