Honda has taken the plunge and revealed a hybrid-powered SUV. The CR-V hybrid performance system uses intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD).
This system features two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack and works in conjunction with a 2,0-litre i-VTEC engine capable of producing 135 kW and 315 N.m.
In respect to efficiency, the front-wheel-drive version is claimed to sip 5,3 L/100 km compared with 5,5 L/100 km for the all-wheel-drive variant.
As with the regular CR-V, the transmission remains a smooth-operating fixed-gear ratio CVT rather than a conventional torque-converter transmission. The i-MMD technology is capable of automatically switching the drivetrain configuration between three modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.
For urban driving scenarios, the CR-V Hybrid is said to transition between Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive for optimum efficiency. When in Hybrid Drive excess power from the petrol-powered motor can be diverted to recharge the battery.
Production of the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid for European markets is set to start in October 2018.
Having started with CAR days after graduating, Damian considers himself one of the luckiest interns in SA. With an insatiable passion for all things motoring, he lives for those dawn photoshoots and you’ll often find him in the CAR garage scrutinising the latest test vehicles.