Honda calls it a “concept,” but in true Honda tradition it’s one in name only. Other than the blacked-out lights, the cop-magnet window tint, and the massive 5-spoke alloy wheels, the CR-V Concept introduced at the Orange County Auto Show today is basically what the fourth-generation cute-ute will look like.
The new CR-V represents an evolution over the outgoing model, which even at its age is still a bestseller. A new three-bar grille mimics the Accord Crosstour, with a wide, flat contour and a deeply aggressive bumper. Out in back the CR-V retains its now-trademark vertical taillights, and its side window shape changes from the last model’s gentle downward curve to a more angular point that’s echoed in the shape of the hatch. Overall, it makes a much stronger impression in person, with an aggressiveness that the previous CR-V lacked.
Honda hasn’t released specific figures or information on the upcoming CR-V, but if it’s anything like Honda claims, it will be larger with a new interior and more fuel-efficient with new engines. It will even be lighter—a rare feat in the automotive world.