The fifth-generation CR-V is now available as a hybrid after Honda revealed the all-new CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Auto Shanghai. Fitted with what a unique two-motor hybrid system, the company claimed the new-generation crossover will deliver 'dynamic driving performance and excellent environmental performance'.
“With a goal to make two-thirds of our global automobile sales from electrified vehicles by around 2030, Honda will pursue the development of electrification technologies more speedily. In China, where dynamic change is happening, we will continue proposing new forms of mobility products by utilizing our global and local development capability to the fullest extent and quickly introducing new technologies such as electrification and intelligence technologies,” said Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co Ltd.
Exact details about the CR-V Hybrid's inner working remain a mystery but Honda did say it is fitted with the Sport Hybrid i-MMD two-motor system. It's the same system found in the Accord Hybrid though Honda did not say what powertrain is in the new CR-V Hybrid.
If by chance they have the same motor, then the CR-V Hybrid could be powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle inline-four that is rated at 145 PS and 175 Nm of torque. It is then helped along by electric motors that are powered by a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The result is a combined system output of 215 PS. Managing all that power is an E-CVT that comes with four driving modes.
In terms of design, the new CR-V Hybrid essentially looks the same as the standard models. The only difference it has is the 'Hybrid' badge found at the back.
Apart from the hybrid powertrain, the new CR-V Hybrid also comes with a suite of safety features. These include adaptive cruise control (ACC), collission mitigation braking system (CMBS), road departure mitigation (RDM), lane departure warning (LDW) and lane keep assist (LSA).
The 2017 Honda CR-V Hybrid will go on sale in China soon and will be sold under Dongfeng Honda.