Following its debut at the Auto Shanghai early this year, the 2018 CR-V’s next stop will be next week’s Internationale Automobil-Austellung (IAA) in Germany. Honda’s first electric SUV will soon be posing as a near-production prototype which is to be sold exclusively in Europe. The 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid will appear together with Honda Jazz’s new Sport trim and Urban EV concept during the two-week event.
The Euro-spec hybrid will be replacing the 160hp i-DTEC diesel as an answer to the current regulations affecting the market of diesel engines. For its design, the Hybrid SUV in prototype form will be very similar to the US-spec CR-V as well as the model previewed earlier in China. The lower LED light bar, in place of the round shaped fog lights, is just among the subtle variations on the exterior to draw the line between the 1.5-liter conventional engine and the hybrid set-up.
Honda is very tight-lipped about the technical details and only revealed that the electrified powertrain will consist of an electric motor and a 2.0-liter i-Vtec gasoline engine with four cylinder that runs on the Atkinson cycle. All the same, the complete specs will surely come out before or after Honda launches the CR-V hybrid in Europe sometime in 2018. Early speculations suggest that Honda’s next SUV will borrow Honda Accord’s hybrid set-up but it is better to trust the company’s official announcement. Currently, the Accord hybrid boasts a total of 212hp output with two-motor hybrid technology that no longer sees the need for conventional transmission. Rather, it only makes use of a single fixed gear ratio to push power down the wheels.
We’ve also learned that it will use the brand’s Intelligent Multi-mode drive system which comes with 3 various modes of driving -- engine drive, hybrid drive and EV drive. With i-MMD technology, the driver is no longer required to select manually from these three options. The Engine mode basically runs on gasoline but functions alongside with electric boost when necessary. The hybrid mode, on one hand, delivers power to the electric generator coming from the combustion engine before transferring power to the electric motor. The EV drive, meanwhile, provides zero emissions, runs on full electric, and is best for city driving for optimum fuel efficiency.
Aside from the hybridized engine, the Euro-spec CRV will be offered in a 1.5-liter VTEC turbo gasoline and will come paired either to a CVT transmission or a six-speed manual. From what we know, Honda is bent on pushing the hybrid in Europe and that the diesel engine will no longer be offered as an option.