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The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V

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On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V

Growing up I had a friend with an oversized head. He was the shortest among my friends, yet his head was probably the largest. Massive head, small body.

The minute I looked at the new CR-V concept Honda debuted this week, I thought of him. That cabin just reminds me of a forehead that never ends, looking just as oversized and gawky as a kid with a big head. It feels like that windshield should end a few millimeters—or feet—lower, and the roofline should start descending a little sooner.

The CR-V concept joined the Acura TSX Special Edition as an Orange County International Auto Show debut last week. To be fair, it's not all that dramatically different from the 2011 CR-V, but it looks like they shrank the front end in favor of a huge cabin—a bad move, in my opinion.

Moving past the awkward shape, Honda updates the CR-V with new headlights, a three-slat grille, and an upward-swooping front-end designed to convey a sense of off-road capability. I think it succeeded in updating the front-end—if only it were a little longer, this car wouldn't look half bad.

Around the rest of the body, Honda keeps the taillights but gives them a more wraparound effect, and adds bolder fender flares and five-spoke alloy wheels.

Honda's hoping that a few other upgrades will keep the CR-V at its spot as the best-selling SUV in the United States. The crossover will feature a more efficient engine and a redesigned interior.

Though this model is billed as a concept, it isn't expected to change all that much between now and the LA Auto Show, where Honda will introduce the production version. The 2012 CR-V will hit the market shortly thereafter before the year is out.




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