Do you remember the scan from a Japanese magazine showing how the future 2007 Honda Jazz would look like? The same magazine also showed how the 2007 Honda CR-V would look like – shown above. The canvas and disguise have come off the new CR-V making it rounds for testing and it’s confirmed that the new 2007 Honda CR-V DOES look like the drawing above. I guess this should also confirm that the new Jazz would look like the drawing they carried too. Spyshots of the 2007 Honda CR-V without disguise is available after the jump.
UPDATE: Added two more clearer photos of the new 2007 Honda CR-V.
UPDATE #3: The Honda CR-V has been launched in Malaysia.
UPDATE #4: Read my test drive report on the 2007 Honda CR-V!]
At first sight, it seems almost as if Honda procured Ssangyong’s design team to design the new CR-V, and that is hardly a compliment. It’s lost most of it’s rugged SUV looks and has taken on somewhat of a cross-over styling, similiar to what the Nissan Murano and the Mazda CX-7 achieved. But I think the new Honda kind of failed at this – of course physical design is a matter of personal taste really. The rear side windows also end in a curvy slope similiar to the first generation Honda Stream. The rear-mounted spare tyre has also disappeared from this model. The second generation Honda CR-V had options whether you wanted a rear-mounted spare tyre or not.
The new Acura RD-X looks hot, but I have to say this new third-generation Honda CR-V is not. Perhaps this is the American version, and the Asian version will have different styling. Something that looked like the new second generation Honda Stream but beefed up with a higher suspension would be good. Anyway, Honda’s new design direction seems to be split into two – all the sedans have similiar design cues and all the SUV/MPV vehicles have similiar design cues.
UPDATE: Two new photos. Click them to view a larger version.