2018 Paris Motor Show: Honda unveils production-ready 181-hp CR-V Hybrid

Article by Christian A., on October 5, 2018

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.

Press Release


Ahead of the 2018 Mondial Paris Motor Show, Honda has announced the line up of products that will be exhibited on its show stand. The cars on display will include the all-new CR-V Hybrid, which makes its debut in European production specification, the refreshed and upgraded HR-V SUV, and a specially-commissioned Civic Type R ‘Art Car’.

Honda’s first hybrid SUV in Europe

Ahead of its European show debut, Honda has confirmed official fuel economy and CO2 emissions for the all-new CR-V Hybrid. Under the combined cycle of the revised NEDC test, the front-wheel drive model of the 184 PS (135 kW) petrol-electric SUV has achieved CO2 emissions of 120g/km and official average (combined) fuel economy of 5.3l/100km (53.3mpg). The all-wheel drive CR-V Hybrid variant has CO2emissions of 126g/km and average (combined) fuel economy of 5.5 l/100km (51.4 mpg).

The CR-V Hybrid is driven by Honda’s unique i-MMD technology, which intelligently and automatically switches between three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – to optimise both performance and efficiency.

At the Paris Motor Show, the production-specification debut of the CR-V Hybrid will be joined by the petrol models of the car, showcasing a range of variants including the new seven-seater option. The latest evolution of Honda’s popular compact SUV has been developed as the most practical, comfortable and refined CR-V yet.

A more advanced and elegant HR-V

The refreshed and upgraded Honda HR-V will make its European debut in Paris. The 2019 HR-V features include enhanced exterior styling, updates to the interior and the addition of numerous advanced technologies.

A more substantial interpretation of Honda’s 'Solid Wing Face’ graphic leads the changes to the design, comprising a new, high-gloss dark chrome panel above the front grille. Projector headlight lenses and LED daytime running lights are also now standard across the range. From launch, the 2019 HR-V will be offered with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, but the range will be extended in Spring next year by the option of a sportier 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO or a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.

Civic Type R ‘ArtCar Manga’

In the pursuit of a Civic Type R with a truly bespoke appearance, Honda engaged with Japanese design school, Human Academy Europe based in France, to put a challenge to its students. The competition called for designs that visualised a Manga-inspired ‘Art Car’, with the winning submission to be turned into a full-car wrap.

This remarkable one-off commission will be presented at the Paris Motor Show alongside the Sport Plus model of the Civic hatchback.

Honda’s celebration of motorsport

To celebrate Honda’s commitment to motorsport, the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 Formula One car will be displayed, equipped with the RA618H power unit.

Located in the new exclusive LIMITED area of the Mondial Paris Motor show, another star of the Honda Motorsport program, the NSX GT3 will be displayed. The GT3 racer will be showcased alongside a 2018 NSX road car. The GT3 race version competes in high-level series on three continents for Honda’s Customer Racing Programme, and July 2018 saw the NSX name return to the Spa 24 Hours race, 25 years since the previous generation sports car last competed there.

Highlighting Honda’s expertise across a raft of advanced products, the car line-up in Paris will be bolstered by exhibits from the brand’s motorcycle and power equipment divisions.

Source: Honda

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