Technical specifications and economy figures have been released for the production-ready Honda CR-V Hybrid – but no word yet on a US launch.
AT last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda unveiled a prototype previewing its upcoming CR-V Hybrid. Fast forward one year later, and the production-ready version has been revealed ahead of its debut at the Paris Auto Show next week. Unsurprisingly, it looks virtually identical to last year's prototype, but Honda has also confirmed the final technical specifications.
Available in either front-wheel drive or AWD, the European CR-V Hybrid will be powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor to deliver a combined output of 181 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque.
Under the revised NEDC cycle, the front-wheel drive model of the electrified SUV offers an average fuel economy of 5.3 l/100 km (44.4 mpg in the US), and emits 120 g/km of CO2, while the all-wheel drive version returns 5.5 l/100 km (42.8 mpg in the US) and CO2 emissions of 126 g/km.
During city driving, the SUV will automatically switch between Hybrid Drive and EV drive to optimize performance and efficiency. There's also an Engine Drive mode, which, as the name implies, uses the gasoline engine to power the wheels.
Honda will start taking orders for the CR-V Hybrid in Europe next month when the SUV debuts at the 2018 Paris Auto Show on October 2. Joining it at the show will be a refreshed and upgraded Honda HR-V as well as a new Civic Type R art car dubbed 'ArtCar Manga' designed by students at the Human Academy Europe design school based in France. It will be shown alongside the Sport Plus model of the Civic hatchback.
There's no word yet if the Honda CR-V Hybrid will be sold in the US, but it seems extremely likely since the CR-V is selling well and hybrids are still proving popular in America.