L.A. Auto Show: Honda CR-V was launched image

The fourth generation of the Honda CR-V was launched by the Japanese based automaker at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale in the United States on December 15.

According to Honda, the new generation of the CR-V will still be offered as a five-seater and it’s expected to come with an improved interior comfort, smoother and quieter ride, greater fuel efficiency and the model should add new features and functionality over the current version. Honda says that the North American CR-V variants are powered by a 2.4 liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine which is developing a total output of 185 horsepower and has a peak torque of 221 Nm, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

The new generation of the Honda CR-V has a roomy interior with a new center console and an overall lower cargo floor height for easy loading and unloading, among many other features, like the Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat which is offering easier access to utilizing the cargo area. Other features include a full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display iMID, a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone interface, SMS text message function which can read received text from compatible cell phones over the audio system and a Pandora Internet Radio interface3.

Among the safety features, the new generation of the Honda CR-V comes with VSA, ABS, front side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side curtain airbags. Honda says that the North American model CR-V will be offered in three trim levels, the LX, the EX and the top of the line EX-L.