Honda’s new generation CR-V crossover turns out to be an amazing crossover. However, the North American buyers were definitely expecting a bit more excitement under the hood. Well, according to information we have, that’s going to happen in the near future, because the today’s 1.5-liter turbo four unit won’t stay a single option. No, the carmaker will likely bring the 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid in the next several months.
2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid Performance
The 2018 CR-V Hybrid will keep the exterior and interior styling untouched of course. However, the high-riding vehicle will use a completely different driving system from everything we use to see under the hood of the b popular crossover. The Japanese car manufacturer will add a Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD system, which powers the Accord Hybrid already. The drivetrain combines a 2.0-liter I-4 together with an electric motor for a final output of 212 horsepower and 212 lb-ft of twist. Bearing in mind that the non-hybrid model gets just 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid seems like a promising option. Plus, the electrified version will enable better fuel economy, which is estimated to be at 49 miles per gallon city and 47 mpg highway.
Equipment and Safety Features
Like we said before, the crossover won’t suffer any other changes. However, the hybrid powertrain won’t be available with the base equipment. No, the electrified will likely come as the range-topping model, so you can expect the best possible equipment that can match with today’s Touring model. This means you can expect a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as dual-zone climate control and proximity key system with remote start. Of course, the carmaker won’t skip offering a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, plus a push-button ignition and a sunroof.
The 2018 CR-V Hybrid will also feature the best possible safety starting from collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, and lane-departure warning. The lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control will be part of the safety system, as well as blind-spot warning and automatic high-beam headlights.
Arrival and Price
Judging by the information we have, the all-new 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid will likely hit the upcoming Los Angeles auto show. The amazing compact crossover will set the base price t around $34,000, which is almost $10K over the current non-hybrid model.