Images of the production-ready 2012 Honda CR-V have surfaced online ahead of its international launch later this year.
The images, dug out of US patent office files by enthusiast blog Carscoop, reveal that the styling of July's CR-V concept will carry over virtually unchanged into the production model.
The concept's gloss-black running strips have been switched out for more practical raw plastic, while the front bumper has been simplified in the transition to production.
The large wheels of the concept have been swapped for smaller hoops, and the blacked-out headlights have also been switched for regular units.
"Long considered the benchmark for packaging and user-friendly design in the small SUV segment, the all-new CR-V will offer an added dimension of style, amazing interior versatility and Honda's latest technologies for convenience and refinement," American Honda's John Mendel said at the concept's unveiling.
The images also offer a first look at the new CR-V's rear, revealing that the small SUV's familiar vertical taillight design will continue with the next-generation model.
For now, little else about the new CR-V is known. The interior remains under wraps, and technical details have yet to be revealed - although Honda says power will be provided by "a more fuel-efficient" engine, with fuel consumption helped by a lighter kerb weight.