Honda believes half the CR-V in Europe will be hybrids

Honda believes half the CR-V in Europe will be hybrids

February 16, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The company expects that the version with a combined installation will not only fill the gap formed after the termination of the release of the diesel version, but also press off the petrol version of the crossover with a 1.5-liter turbo engine.

The hybrid system developed for the CR-V can be considered “the most important Honda powerplant in the last decade,” Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda’s UK division, told Autonews. He also noted that he sees no reason why buyers of diesel CR-V would not switch to a hybrid, especially since the latter is “much more thoroughly worked out.”

The CR-V Hybrid is equipped with an installation based on a 2.0-liter gasoline engine in combination with Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD). A feature called innovative transmission with a 1-speed fixed gear, instead of common in similar systems of the variator. The total capacity of the installation is 181 hp, torque – 315 Nm.

The driver can choose from three modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In the first of these, the car moves exclusively on electric, but for a short distance – up to 2 km. This allows, however, to maintain a high overall economy – 5.3 l / 100 km, and the level of carbon dioxide emissions is 120 g / km in the front-wheel drive version (with all-wheel drive – 126 g / km).

The exact cost of the European version of the Honda CR-V Hybrid has not yet been named, but it is expected that it will roughly correspond to the diesel version, and it may turn out to be even cheaper. Sales of new items should start in early spring. The total planned volume of the CR-V market in Europe is 60,000 cars.