A convertible crossover SUV isn’t an entirely new idea, having seen examples like the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. It seems that Honda is joining the bandwagon, too, by releasing photos of the CR-V convertible.
But unlike your typical covertible, where car manufacturers create additional structural bracing to compensate for the lost rigidity from the removal of the roof, and more importantly, a folding roof for the car to be enjoyed on all seasons, Honda’s engineers have merely chopped off the roof of the CR-V, and further claims that they have reduced structural rigidity by 100%.
If that sounds like an April Fools joke to you, well, it is, and it is a joke that the folks from Honda UK have thought of.
But this isn’t the first time a CR-V convertible was made. Finnish automotive contractor Valmet created the CR-V Open Air concept. Rather than chopping the pillars, it remains intact, while the roof has been replaced with a folding one.
Well played Honda UK, well played.