Set to become the company's first electrified SUV in Europe where the new CR-V won't be available with a diesel engine.
After making its debut several months ago at Auto Shanghai, the Honda CR-V Hybrid is now heading to next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show as a near-production prototype. Unsurprisingly, it looks virtually the same as its Chinese cousin and there is a chance it will be launched in the United States as well. Not only is it an electrified CR-V, but at the same time it serves as a sneak preview for the SUV’s new generation for the European market.
Design-wise, it seems to be almost identical to the U.S.-spec model, though we do notice the rounded fog lights of the American version have been replaced by an LED bar in the same vein as the daytime running lights built into the main clusters. Those funky two-tone alloy wheels have been borrowed from the U.S.-spec CR-V, much like everything else. The “hybrid” badge mounted on the driver’s side fender separates it from the conventionally powered version when it comes to the exterior appearance.
Maybe the aforementioned lower LED light bar will be reserved to the hybrid model as a way to set it apart from the regular CR-V, which will use the company’s new turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine already available in the latest Civic. It’s going to be linked to either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional continuously variable transmission. Honda has made it crystal clear a diesel engine will not be available in Europe.
Honda is being quite secretive with the technical specifications as it’s only revealing the CR-V Hybrid Prototype features a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle and is teamed up with an electric motor. There are reasons to believe it will be adapted from the Accord Hybrid, but it’s best to patiently wait for a confirmation from the automaker.
Featuring the company’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system, the hybridized CR-V will boast three different driving modes:
- EV Drive - full electric with zero emissions;
- Hybrid Drive – the combustion engine supplies power to the electric generator motor, which in turns transfers power to the electric motor;
- Engine Drive - runs primary on gasoline engine, but with an electric boost when needed.
You won’t have to manually select from one of the three modes as the i-MMD will be smart enough to do all the work for you and it’s going to do it in the most efficient way.
Honda says it will reveal all specs early 2018 before launching the CR-V Hybrid in Europe later the same year. Meanwhile, the prototype scheduled to make an appearance at IAA will sit alongside the new Urban EV concept and the updated Jazz in the new Sport trim.
Gallery: 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype (Euro Spec)
Honda to unveil CR-V Hybrid Prototype at Frankfurt Motor Show
- Honda hybrid technology to be available in an SUV bodystyle for the first time in Europe
- Hybrid Prototype’s styling retains the familiar silhouette of the world’s best-selling SUV, previewing the European specification of the all-new CR-V
- Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system comprises 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and two electric motors for seamless feeling of power and torque
- Hybrid system part of two-option powertrain range alongside a 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine
Honda is set to unveil its CR-V Hybrid Prototype at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the brand’s first-ever electrified SUV powertrain available in Europe. The Hybrid Prototype also features revised styling that previews the forthcoming European specification CR-V model range.
The CR-V Hybrid Prototype represents the first time that the all-new CR-V has been shown at a European motor show. It retains the familiar silhouette of the world’s best-selling SUV, with an evolutionary design that is sophisticated and sporty. Wider, taller and longer than the previous version, the Hybrid Prototype of the new CR-V has fresh exterior styling, with a wider stance through the broader, muscular wheel arches.
The new SUV achieves a balance of elegance and athleticism, with thinner A-pillars that increase the shoulder volume of the car, but also a larger wheel and tyre combination. Sharper contours are present on the bonnet and rear quarters, and the nose incorporates the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic.
The two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system in the CR-V Hybrid Prototype comprises an electric propulsion motor, a 2.0-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine for electrical energy generation and propulsion, and a separate electric generator motor. The hybrid system does not need a conventional transmission, fitted instead with a single fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components, enabling a smooth transfer of torque within the system.
The i-MMD system determines how to use fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way, meaning there is no requirement on the driver to adjust between the three driving modes; EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.
In EV Drive, the propulsion motor draws its power solely from the batteries, delivering zero-emissions driving. In Hybrid Drive, the gasoline engine supplies power to the electric generator motor, which in turn delivers power to the electric propulsion motor. In this mode, excess power from the gasoline engine is diverted back via the generator motor to recharge the battery pack. In Engine Drive, the wheels are directly driven by the gasoline engine, with an ‘on-demand’ peak power ‘boost’ available from the electric propulsion motor.
In most urban driving situations, the vehicle will move between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency. Engine Drive is engaged as needed for brisk acceleration and for efficient highway driving.
The 2018 CR-V will also be specified with Honda’s 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, with a choice of either 6-speed manual or continuously variable ‘CVT’ transmission. All-new CR-V will not feature a diesel powertrain in European markets.
More details about the all-new Honda CR-V for Europe will be confirmed when the production specification vehicle is unveiled early next year. The new SUV will be officially launched in European markets in 2018.