Offical CR-V pictures revealed

Official pictures have been released of the new Honda CR-V, which will go on sale in January 2010.

The car will be available with Honda's 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, which was launched in the Accord last year, for the first time. It produces 148bhp and 258lb ft of torque. It can also be mated to either a manual gearbox or a new, five-speed automatic unit.

Exterior styling changes include a new front bumper and grille arrangement and a new rear bumper design. The EX trim also gets colour coded bumpers, and buyers can opt for new 17 and 18-inch alloy designs.

Inside, Honda says it has used upgraded fabrics and plastics. A new audio console design has also been introduced, while sound deadening around the engine and cabin has been improved.

The new Honda CR-V will be built in Swindon, and exported to 60 countries. Full specs and prices will be revealed closer to the car's on sale date.