Honda revealed that its new CR-V is now set to make its official debut in Europe through the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This same model had already been presented in U.S. shores back in 2016. With this new model, Honda hopes to raise the standards for SUVs as it relates to refinement, the quality of the interior, and space. Indeed, this new CR-V model is expected to bring with it a new design, new powertrains, and new technologies.
This new CR-V will come equipped with the brand's hybrid technology. This will be the first time a Honda SUV offered for the European market will have such a system. It will utilize Honda's Intelligent Multi Mode Drive hybrid system, or i-MMD.
This system is composed of two electric motors and the i-VTEC 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine. Further, the system does not use a conventional transmission but rather has a more compact unit having a single fixed-gear ratio. As such, this combination allows for effortless driveability and real-world efficiency.
Honda disclosed that it will also be offering the VTEC TURBO 1.5-liter petrol engine which delivers guaranteed performance with class-leading fuel economy. This is then paired to a manual six-speed gearbox. But for those who prefer a more linear response, the automatic CVT transmission is available as an option.
While the brand did not release exact figures for power and fuel consumption, the U.S. version can reach 190 hp with peak torque at 179 lb.-ft. European customers could well expect the same figures. However unlike previous models, no diesel options will be offered.
Fitted as standard for both the petrol and hybrid powertrains will be the front-wheel drive. Customers for either variant though can request to have the brand's newest all-wheel drive technology which is the "Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System."
In terms of dimensions, the new CR-V will be wider than the previous version. In addition, its wheelbase is also longer. What this means is that passengers get to experience more room on the inside.
One offer that customers are sure to love is that for the petrol models, Honda will be offering for the first time the option to have a seven-seat configuration. Those who choose this option will get to experience a third row that not only offers exceptional leg room and heel step height. For long distance travel, passenger comfort is ensured especially with the 101-degree seat angle.
Deliveries to Europe of the petrol version are slated to begin in autumn of this year. The hybrid version meanwhile is projected to be commercially available during the early part of 2019.