Honda will be releasing an all-new CRV this fall for the 2012 model year. The CR-V first debuted in 1997 and is currently in its third generation. The company has released few details about the 2012 CR-V. The CR-V is very important for Honda. The CR-V and Odyssey were the primary reasons for the company’s 6% growth in North America in the fourth quarter in 2010, but this amount was well behind industry leaders.
The CR-V was the best selling SUV in the U.S. in 2010. It has continued its strong sales thus far in 2011. It was the number one selling SUV in January 2011 with sales of 16,339 units, up 68.9% from January 2010. This is quite impressive as the model is in its fifth year of the current generation and Honda has done little to change the vehicle in recent years. It has been able to extrapolate additional horsepower out of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 180 horsepower for 2011.
Another compact SUV to receive a significant update for the 2012 model year is the Volkswagen Tiguan. While not among the top selling SUVs, Volkswagen has had difficulty keeping up with demand for the Tiguan. The Tiguan first debuted in the U.S. in the 2009 model year. Volkswagen has described the model as the GTI of compact SUVs.
The 2012 Tiguan’s styling closely resembled the styling of the larger 2011 Volkswagen Touareg. Volkswagen has already released photographs of the 2012 model, in advance of its debut on March 1, 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. European customers are already able to pre-order 2012 Tiguans. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is unchanged from the 2011 model year. In Europe, the Tiguan is offered with a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder 120 horsepower engine, but that engine is not offered in the U.S.
Both the 2012 CR-V and 2012 Tiguan will go on sale in the U.S. this fall. We will have more information on these models later in the year.