Honda is moving forward with its electrification plans in Europe after unveiling the production-ready version of the new 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It was part of a number of creations that the Japanese carmaker is displaying in Paris, including the refreshed Honda HR-V SUV, and a specially-commissioned Civic Type R ‘Art Car’.
In September 2017, Honda took the wraps off a near-production Euros-spec prototype of the CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with plans to sell the production version exclusively in Europe. By then, it was believed that the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid will be the replacement for the 160hp i-DTEC diesel version of the SUV, as part of the carmaker’s answer to the regulations affecting the market of diesel engines.
Back then, Honda was tight-lipped about the technical details of the prototype. The carmaker only revealed that its electrified powertrain will feature an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four cylinder i-Vtec gasoline engine.
When Honda recently revealed the production-ready CR-V Hybrid, not many were surprised that it looks very similar to the prototype model unveiled more than a year ago in Frankfurt. After all, Honda has been known to unwrapping prototypes which designs are already very close to production.
At the Paris reveal, Honda disclosed that the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid – to be available either as a front-wheel drive SUV or an all-wheel drive model – will be powered by a hybrid system that makes use of a four-cylinder 2.0-liter i-VTEC gasoline and an electric motor. This hybrid drive delivers a total system output of 181 hp (135 kW) and a total system torque of 315 Nm (232 lb.-ft.).
Honda has also confirmed that the FWD version of the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid will be more fuel efficient – only by a little bit – than its AWD sibling. Using the outgoing New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the Honda CR-V Hybrid with a FWD system consumes 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined) and emits 120 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (combined). On the other hand, the Honda CR-V Hybrid with an AWD system eats up 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined) and emits 126 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (combined)
The new Honda CR-V Hybrid employs the carmaker’s i-MMD technology that can automatically switch between three driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In EV Drive mode, only the electric motors are working to move the SUV. In Engine Drive mode, only the engine is in operation. Meanwhile, the Hybrid Drive mode has both systems at work.
Honda will commence taking orders for the new CR-V Hybrid next month.