2012 Honda CR-V Might Include 3rd Row SeatingMay 19th, 2011 by Armaan Almeida
With Honda scrambling to maintain market share amongst increasingly sophisticated competing models, high hopes rest on the shoulders of the new 2012 Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV. One feature that was not necessarily expected but will likely see the light of day on the production model?
A third-row seat. Ace spy photographers at Brendy Priddy and Co. have caught the new CR-V in the wild wearing only the slightest camouflage. The extended rear dimensions and clever taping job suggest the smallest Honda SUV will soon seat seven, if in rather cramped dimensions.
The 2011 Toyota Rav4, the CR-V’s closest competitor, already offers third-row seating, making such equipment even more likely. Honda is confident its newest model will be ready to compete in a crowded automotive segment:
“As a top-selling crossover for over five years, expectations for the 2012 CR-V are high, and we’re confident they will not only be met, but exceeded,” Honda says via its official CR-V teaser site.
The 2012 entry will not be simply a styling refresh, but rather an all-new model. Horsepower is expected to stay right around the current car’s 180, but Honda will likely be able to squeeze a little better fuel economy than the 2011 model’s 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway EPA rating.
The 2011 CR-V is priced from $21,695-$27,895 to start dependent on trim level. The new crossover should be priced about the same with a release date in late Fall 2011.