Honda CR-V facelift spied in the South of Europe image

Besides the approaching introduction of the HR-V smaller crossover, Honda is also getting ready to refresh its well-known CR-V compact SUV.

While the smaller sibling – which has already been presented in Japan and the US – will make its debut in prototype guise at the Paris Motor Show debuting next month, for the official unveil of the updated CR-V we’ll have to wait a little longer. According to the latest rumors, the official public debut of the 2016 Honda CR-V will occur no sooner than mid-2015.

In the mean time, our feisty spy photographers have caught the mildly camouflaged prototypes of the car undergoing hot-climate testing in the South of Europe. The mid-cycle facelift for the fourth generation CR-V will feature a rather extensive list of changes in the front, where the Japanese have prepared headlights, grille and also a different bumper.

The prototype caught testing also featured camo at the back, with changes likely in store for the taillights, boot lid and bumper. The side profile was untouched, but the cabin was also covered from the preying eyes of the camera so Honda could bring new goodies there too. Reports so far indicate no powertrain changes, so expect the CR-V to come with the same engine selection.