Honda today announced that it will unveil its CR-V Hybrid Prototype SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the company’s first-ever electrified SUV powertrain available in Europe. The CR-V Hybrid Prototype also features changes in styling, which provides a look at the upcoming European specification 2018 Honda CR-V model range. The SUV features Honda’s Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system comprising of a 2 l, i-VTEC petrol engine and two electric motors for seamless feeling of power and torque.
The i-MMD system in the CR-V Hybrid Prototype comprises an electric propulsion motor, a 2 l, i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine for electrical energy generation and propulsion, and a separate electric generator motor. The hybrid system does not need a conventional transmission, and instead is equipped with a single fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components, the company explained. It said this enables 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, without any requirement on the part of the driver to adjust between driving modes. The SUV comes with three riving modes - EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In EV Drive, the propulsion motor draws its power solely from the batteries. Meanwhile in Hybrid Drive, the petrol engine supplies power to the electric generator motor, which in turn delivers power to the electric propulsion motor. In Hybrid Drive, excess power from the petrol engine is diverted back via the generator motor to recharge the battery pack. In Engine Drive, the wheels are directly driven by the petrol engine, with an ‘on-demand’ peak power ‘boost’ available from the electric propulsion motor.
The new design keeps the new CR-V silhouette similar to the outgoing model, with changes making the SUV wider, taller and longer. The Hybrid Prototype of the new CR-V has a wider stance through the broader, muscular wheel arches. It features thinner A-pillars that increase the shoulder volume of the vehicle, along with a larger wheel and tyre combination. The bonnet and rear quarters feature sharper contours, and the nose incorporates the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic.
Honda said that 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. The 2018 Honda CR-V will also be available with a 1.5 l, VTEC turbocharged petrol engine, with a choice of either six-speed manual or CVT transmission, options. The all-new CR-V will not feature a diesel powertrain in European markets, the company said.