Plans to Launch a new Honda Hybrid CR-V
Honda has finally decided to launch a variant of its famous CR-V
The new Honda Hybrid CR-V prototype at the Frankfurt motor show last year and is expected to launch the anticipated vehicle this year. The vehicle production is expected somewhere in the mid of this year. The Hybrid prototype also showed the new styling of the broader CR-V line-up for the first time in Europe.
The fifth generation CR-V is actually a rival to the Volkswagen Tiguan and will go on sale with the new Honda’s 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine, along with a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. Honda intends to introduce the hybrid power train later. Honda made a significant change for its Europe market and ditched the diesel engine in the vehicle. Honda backs up its decision by revealing that now the R&D of the company is more focused on electrification of vehicles and not on diesel technology anymore.
The new hybrid vehicle from Honda has a 2.0-liter, four cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors. One electric motor is present for propulsion and the other one is a generator motor fitted with a single fixed gear ratio. Honda is yet to provide the power figures.
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The new CR-V uses a system called Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD). This, Honda claims, determines how to use fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way, meaning drivers do not need to adjust between the three driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.
i-MMD can use as many as all three motors in its quest to produce the most fuel efficient propulsion. The main motors are a 2.0 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a powerful electric motor and a separate generator that occasionally doubles as a motor to provide the 2.0 with an efficiency enhancing load.
It’s an ingenious system designed to allow the Atkinson engine to operate within its optimal power range as often as possible. Atkinson engines are very efficient, operating close to the ideal fuel:air ratio, but do not produce strong low-end torque, this compensated for by the electric motor.
Honda has yet to release power outputs, performance and consumption figures, but they should be good. The system is also compatible with plug-in technology, which Honda says it is developing.
The new CR-V is wider, taller and longer than the previous version. It has thinner A-pillars and a larger wheel and tyre combination. There are also sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, and the nose adopts the latest Honda family look with its signature headlight graphic.
Author: Rachel Burgess
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