European Honda CR-V left without gasoline enginesNovember 30, 2020
Now only hybrid will be sold in Europe
Honda, which will retire from Formula 1 next year due to the need to invest heavily in the development of hybrids and electric cars, is gradually implementing an electrification strategy in Europe. After the Jazz hatchback, which in the Old World is offered only with a gasoline-electric power plant, the same fate befell the CR-V.
The Honda CR-V crossover is still available with a 1.5 turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT – but from next month the British will be able to buy only cars in the Hybrid version. This is part of the company’s new strategy, in which it will not wait for the introduction of bans on the sale of cars with traditional power plants and will remove them from the lineup as soon as possible, leaving only hybrids and electric vehicles. There is even a deadline – until 2022.
The first in this story was Jazz. Now it’s the turn of the CR-V, which is even slightly updated for the new model year. The i-MMD hybrid powerplant, however, has not changed. It still consists of an “aspirated” 2.0, operating on the Atkinson economy cycle, a motor-generator, a traction motor and a lithium-ion battery. The total power is 212 horsepower and 315 Nm of torque. As before, i-MMD combines the operation of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, depending on the speed and force of pressing the gas pedal and does not require a gearbox – its role is played by a reducer.
All the innovations of the Honda CR-V Hybrid boiled down to e: HEV emblems, new 18-inch wheels, silver accents on the dash and doors, and wireless charging. At the same time, the crossover re-tuned the suspension for better handling and replaced the steering rack, which will have a positive effect on maneuverability. Sales of the CR-V Hybrid in the UK will begin in December at a price of 30,180 pounds sterling.
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