Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Honda Will Launch An All New CRV in 2012 To Keep Their Segment Leadership
Honda’s 2012 CR-V is designed to continue to exceed customer expectations for entry-level SUVs. Major enhancements include improved car-like interior comfort, a smoother and quieter ride, and more innovative features.
Significant reductions to the impact of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) throughout the body and chassis improve interior quietness and ride quality compared to the previous model. To achieve the improvement, the 2012 Honda CR-V has greater body rigidity, lighter suspension components, additional noise insulation and more aerodynamic features including underbody covers and a rear spoiler.
The 2012 Honda CR-V rides on a 103.1-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches in length, 0.8-inches shorter than the previous-generation CR-V. At 71.6 inches, overall width is the same as the previous CR-V, and at 61.6 inches front/61.6 inches rear, the track is also the same. But the most significant departure is in height: at 65.1 inches tall, the 2012 CR-V is a noticeable 1.0-inch lower on AWD models and 1.4 inches lower on FWD models. Although the aggregate visual effect is of a lower, sleeker CR-V, even with these exterior dimension adjustments the new model is still roomier inside.
Exterior Styling and Design Concept
Compared to the previous-generation CR-V, the 2012 model takes on a more aggressive and aerodynamic stance with deeper sculpting of the bodylines and a bolder front fascia. The front bumper’s smooth-flowing lines are highlighted by a horizontal three-bar grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle, while the lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly with the fascia for improved aerodynamics.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
All models receive a multi-angle rearview camera, visible on the 5-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The camera can show a top view, 130-degree view or 180-degree rear view when the transmission is in Reverse. The camera is located just above the license plate on the tailgate.
The 2012 CR-V features a manual tailgate that can be unlocked with the remote or by pressing a button inside the driver’s door.
The Honda CR-V continues to offer a class-leading low cargo floor and lift over height for ease of loading along with a modest increase in passenger and cargo volume. It also benefits from a more car-like driving position compared to the previous generation CR-V. Put it all together, and the CR-V blends form and function like no other vehicle in the class.
The Honda CR-V uses clean and simple analog instrumentation with a sophisticated and technical appearance. The centrally positioned speedometer is the largest feature on the instrument panel. It is complemented by a central LED screen. The display provides a range of information and trip computer functions.
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
All CR-V models include a new intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that allows for convenient, line-of-sight access to vehicle information, audio track titles, personal wallpaper and more via simple steering wheel-mounted controls and a 5-inch color screen. Positioned in the upper center portion of the instrument panel, this bright, full-TFT LCD display is easy to see and interpret. The i-MID serves as the audio system display and features on-screen icons and prompts to make navigation through a range of screens intuitive.
All CR-V models come with Eco Assist™. Located in the upper instrument panel located on either side of the speedometer, the CR-V’s Eco Assist has illuminated arcs that show if the vehicle is being driven in an efficient style.
The CR-V has gained cargo space behind the rear seats (up from 35.7 cubic ft. to 37.2 cubic ft.). Total cargo volume with the seats down is now 70.9 cu-ft. compared to 72.9 cu-ft. for the previous model. The negligible decrease is attributable to the new One-Motion 60/40 Split Rear Seat design, which creates a nearly flat floor surface when folded forward. The Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat can be quickly lowered, creating a nearly flat load floor. The load area is sized to accept large suitcases stored vertically, four golf bags or a stroller (rear seats upright), or two mountain bikes (rear seats folded).
4-Wheel Disc Brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
All CR-V models are equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes (front ventilated disc and rear solid disc) for confident braking. The system incorporates 4-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist as standard equipment. A power brake booster offers a solid feel with high pedal rigidity. The ventilated front disc brakes are 11.7 inches in diameter and the solid rear disc brakes are 12.0 inches in diameter.
Hill Start Assist
New for 2012, Hill Start Assist helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill. move.
The CR-V’s transmission works in conjunction with the engine’s Drive-By-Wire™ throttle control to smoothly shift between gears. Additionally, Honda’s unique Grade Logic Control system can intuitively hold the most appropriate gear on hilly roads, reducing unnecessary shifting. For drivers who desire the four-season confidence of all-wheel drive, the new Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System debuts on the 2012 CR-V and is available to help provide traction in low-grip driving conditions such as snow, rain and unpaved road surfaces.
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
A 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard on all Honda CR-V models. It’s a compact three-shaft transmission design that is engineered for smooth operation and fuel efficiency. The CR-V’s Powertrain Control Module (PCM) manages overall powertrain operation, and provides precise management of the interaction between automatic transmission and engine. This integrated control strategy makes for smoother shifts with reduced shift shock. Finally, the CR-V has revised gearing to reduce cruising rpm.