Honda is unveiling the first engine from their new Earth Dreams Technology range at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 this week. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC is the first in a new generation of fuel-efficient and low-co2 engines being introduced to Honda models over the next three years.
The models lining up next to the new 1.6 litre i-DTEC engine include the stunning Honda NSX Concept and the European Honda CR-V Prototype. The European CR-V Prototype provides the first official showing of the styling direction for the all-new, fourth-generation CR-V, set to go on sale in autumn 2012.
The CR-V Prototype has taken a bold styling direction with a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia. The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward with improved aerodynamics. Its vertical taillights remain for the new model and now feature a more three-dimensional style that wraps further into the overall design of the vehicle.
The Honda CR-V is one of the world’s top-selling SUVs and is sold in more than 160 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa. This European 4th Generation CR-V SUV will make its official debut at the Paris Salon in the autumn of 2012.
Honda is also showing the EV-STER, the next-generation electric small sports concept model in the form of an electric rear-wheel-drive two-seater convertible sports car. Plus, two new Jazz derivatives are also being shown for the first time.
The Jazz Si features an upgraded sporty suspension package and has styling changes to the interior and the exterior. The second variant, the Jazz 1.2 with Idle Stop, delivers a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3g/km compared to the standard 1.2 model.
In addition, Honda is also displaying the rest of its car model line-up comprising of the new Civic, the hybrids – Jazz, CR-Z and Insight – as well as the Accord range in Saloon and Tourer guise. The FCX Clarity, the world’s first production fuel-cell vehicle, makes another appearance at Geneva as well. Honda contract hire on all the current range is on the site now.