Honda previewed its most-popular crossover at the Frankfurt Motor Show, yet this time with a hybrid powertrain. However, the carmaker hadn’t said anything whether the high-riding vehicle with electric sparkle is actually coming in North America or not. Our trusted source claims that it’s going to become available sometime in 2018, but as the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid.
2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Powertrain
The U.S.-specs CR-V Hybrid is not going to change anything beneath its hood, so we know what will move it. The mid-size crossover will use a reliable powertrain which combines a 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson Cycle petrol engine and an electric motor. We know it’s reliable because it is available already beneath the hood of the Accord Hybrid. Okay, it’s not exactly the same, but it works on the same principle utilizing a 105kW Atkinson Cycle 2.0-liter gasoline engine paired to a 124kW electric motor. The motor will reportedly use a 1.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total output isn’t familiar at the moment, but we expect to be somewhere at 220 horsepower.
There will be three driving modes available with the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: EV drive, Hybrid drive, and Engine drive. The first one uses electric power only. The carmaker hasn’t said anything more about the EV drive, so we can’t really say how many miles will be able to cross the SUV by using the mode. However, we know it’s going to be limited to the lower speeds. Moreover, by hitting the gas pedal, the driver will automatically fire up the hybrid mode. The system is basically using both engine and electric motor. All excessive power from the hybrid system will charge the battery, though, the battery will also get the power from the regenerative braking system.
Engine mode is the least efficient driving mode of course. It will rely on a gasoline engine which will send its power directly to the wheels. The electric motor just increases the power here, so it doesn’t have any positive effect to crossover’s fuel economy. Still, the most important thing that regards the system is that it automatically shifts the modes, depending on drivers drive or conditions.
Design and Arrival
The 2019 CR-V Hybrid won’t differ too much from its non-hybrid sibling. Moreover, the exterior styling won’t get anything new at all. Inside, on the other hand, the crossover could get new upholstery and updated technologies, while everything else stays untouched.
Judging by the information we have, the U.S.-specs 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid will likely be introduced early next year. The price is unknown at the moment.