- Honda hybrid tech SUV for first time in Europe
- Styling keeps silhouette of ‘world’s best-selling SUV’
- 3 drive modes, sister 1.5 VTEC turbopetrol engine
HONDA WILL unveil a hybrid version of its CR-V on its stand at the September 2017 Frankfurt auto show, a model destined to be the brand’s first battery-aided SUV in Europe, with revised styling that previews the European-specced CR-V range.
The CR-V Hybrid Prototype, Honda says, will have the same silhouette of what it claims is the world’s best-selling SUV “but with an evolutionary,sophisticated, and sporty design”.
The automaker describes it as “wider, taller and longer than the previous version and the Hybrid Prototype has fresh exterior styling with a wider stance through the broader, muscular, wheel-arches”.
The new SUV also has thinner A pillars that increase the shoulder volume of the car and larger wheels and tyres. Sharper contours have been introduced to the bonnet and rear quarters and the nose has the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlights.
NO ‘NORMAL’ TRANSMISSION
The two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system in the CR-V Hybrid Prototype uses an electric propulsion motor, a two-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine for electrical energy generation and propulsion, and a separate generator motor.
The hybrid system does not need a conventional transmission. Instead, it has a single fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components.
Honda says that means “the smooth transfer of torque within the system”.
“The i-MMD system,” Honda adds, “determines how fuel and electrical energy will be used in the most efficient way – the driver is not required to adjust between the electric drive, hybrid drive and engine drive.”
EV Drive: The propulsion motor draws power solely from the batteries, delivering zero-emissions driving.
Hybrid Drive: The petrol engine supplies power to the electric generator which in turn delivers power to the electric propulsion motor. In this mode, excess power from the petrol engine is diverted back through the generator motor to recharge the battery pack.
Engine Drive: The wheels are driven directly by the petrol engine, with an ‘on-demand’ peak power boost available from the electric motor.
In most urban driving situations, the vehicle will move between Hybrid and EV Drive for optimum efficiency. Engine Drive will be engaged, as needed, for brisk acceleration and for efficient highway driving.
The 2018 CR-V will also be specified with Honda’s 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine with a choice of six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.
Europe will not get a diesel CR-V.
More details about the all-new Honda CR-V for Europe, The Corner was told in a media communicatioins, will be confirmed when the production specification is released in early 2018.
The new SUV will be officially launched in Europe in 2018.