Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype Debuts In Frankfurt

by under News on 14 Sep 2017 12:30:24 PM14 Sep 2017

“Prototype.” Sure.

Honda CR-V Hybrid 'Prototype' Debuts In Frankfurt

Japanese carmaker Honda has arrived at this years’ Frankfurt motor show with the new CR-V in tow, marking the SUV’s first European appearance. That said, they didn’t bring just any garden-variety CR-V to bow in: Instead, this big Honda’s got a secret beneath its skin.

Okay, so maybe it’s not a secret-secret. Under the contemporary body lies an all-new hybrid powertrain, the first of its kind for the CR-V. The Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) petrol-electric hybrid setup marries a 2.0-litre i-VTEC four-pot Atkinson-cycle petrol to an electric motor, along with a fixed-gear ratio in place of a traditional transmission.

Honda CR-V Hybrid 'Prototype' Debuts In Frankfurt

While no numbers were revealed in Germany, it’s speculated that they shouldn’t run too far from the numbers reported by the Accord Sport Hybrid, with its 105kW/165Nm petrol engine and 124kW electric motor, rated for 146kW/307Nm and boasts a fuel consumption figure of just 4.6L/100km.

The CR-V Hybrid offers no less than three driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive, with their intentions moving from economy-focused to drive-centric respectively. These modes are selectable, but the car can also shuffle between them to optimise the drive further. The CR-V Hybrid can also be driven on electric power alone, though it’s unlikely that this big SUV will give cars like the Nissan Leaf or even plug-in hybrids much to worry about.

Honda CR-V Hybrid 'Prototype' Debuts In Frankfurt

For the European market, the CR-V will debut (that’s right, we have it first) with the 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine exclusively, mated to either a six-speed self-shifter or a CVT automatic. The CR-V Hybrid also features some minor styling tweaks ahead of the cars’ European debut, and will help the car gain traction there. As for the CR-V Hybrid, there’s little word on whether or not it’ll be made available here when it gets officially-introduced in production form next year, though we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it’ll eventually make it to our shores.

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