Honda has already introduced the Acura RDX to the press, but not yet shown is the sister vehicle, the Honda CR-V, which will be built on the same platform. Now these latest spy photos capture a prototype CR-V undergoing high-temperature testing in the US southwest.
One big change from prior CR-V’s is that the spare tire is no longer mounted outside on the tail. This has allowed the new CR-V to have a true hatchback design instead of using a horizontal-swinging door. The CR-V is expected to continue using a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine, but with the output upped to about 170 hp. It will not offer the turbocharged engine found in the RDX.
Inside the CR-V will continue to have two rows of seats, with a capacity of 5 people. It is expected to be introduced in September as a 2007 model.