Honda CR-V Hybrid will become the first hybrid SUV of the Japanese brand in Europe in 2018
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 14, 2017
Honda has surprised this edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show with an emotional reinterpretation of the small compact of three decades ago with the Urban EV Concept. And it has also unveiled another prototype that anticipates the future line of the CR-V model for Europe and will be launched in 2018: the Honda CR-V Hybrid.
And we already knew that the Honda CR-V would not have diesel versions in Europe, but that in return would present this concept in Frankurt, in which the hybrid technology of Honda will be available in an SUV type body.
The two-engine CR-V Hybrid i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system consists of an electric-powered engine, an Atkinson i-VTEC four-cylinder 2.0-liter and an independent electric motor-generator.
The hybrid system does not require a conventional transmission, since it counts instead with a single gear ratio of direct connection, allowing a fluid transfer of torque.
This i-MMD system determines how to consume fuel and electric energy in the most efficient way, which means that the driver does not have to adjust the three possible propulsion modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.
In EV Drive mode, the propulsion motor only draws power from the batteries, so no emissions are produced. In Hybrid Drive mode, the gasoline engine propels the electric engine-generator by feeding the electric-propulsion motor. Here, the excess energy of the gasoline engine is used through the engine-generator to charge the battery. In Engine Drive mode, the gasoline engine starts. In this mode and in the case of maximum power demand, the electric propulsion motor is also supported.
The 2018 CR-V will also feature the 1.5-liter Honda TURBO VTEC gasoline engine, with the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT continuous variable transmission. In the European market, as we know, the new CR-V will not be offered with diesel technology. There's no baking oven.
The final specifications for Europe will be communicated early next year at the time the final version will be unveiled. The new SUV will be marketed in European markets in 2018.
During the conference held at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda Motor's President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, has confirmed that all new cars launched in Europe from 2018 will incorporate some kind of electric propulsion system.
Globally, Honda's goal is to have some electric propulsion system in two-thirds of sales in 2030, while in Europe the key year to meet this target is 2025.