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Honda Shows off the CR-V Hybrid Prototype in Europe

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Honda Shows off the CR-V Hybrid Prototype in Europe

In 2017, we got our first taste of the all-new Honda CR-V, but Europe had to wait an extra year to get its first glimpse of it. Recently, Honda paid Europe back by revealing the soon-to-hit-production CR-V Hybrid Prototype, which seems like it’ll start life as a Europe-only model.

Before we all get too excited for a new green crossover, this is just a prototype, so there is no guarantee it’ll be the same once it arrives. That said, the CR-V Hybrid Prototype comes in a suit identical to the U.S.-spec CR-V, marking the first time the new CR-V body has set rubber on European pavement.

Under its hood, the CR-V Hybrid Prototype boasts a two-motor Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system that includes a 2.0-liter i-VTEC atkinson-cycle engine, which provides propulsion and acts as a generator, a electric motor generator, and an electric propulsion motor. The power created by the hybrid drive unit heads through a single-speed transmission before hitting the pavement.

The CR-V Hybrid Prototype uses three drive modes that change automatically. In EV Drive mode, the CR-V pulls power directly from the battery to power the electric motor with no input from the gasoline engine. In Hybrid Mode (the most-used mode), the CR-V’s engine powers the generator motor, which provides the electricity the electric motor needs to power the crossover. In Engine Drive mode, the 2.0-liter four-pot engine directly drives the wheels, and the electric motor acts as an on-demand boost of power. In the latter mode, I assume there is some traditional transmission involved.

According to Honda, the CR-V Hybrid will spend most of its time alternating between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive modes.

There is no mention of when the CR-V Hybrid will make it to production, nor is there any info on its eventual arrival in the U.S. With the success of the RAV4 Hybrid and Kia Niro, though, I can only assume Honda would bring this model to the U.S. after a quick test run in Europe.

After years of handling problem cars in repair shops, Justin regained his love for cars by writing about them. Many years later and countless hours of banging on the keys trying for formulate sentences that actually make sense, he has managed to parlay a hobby into a career. Justin is a bit of a petrol-head and has a severe weakness for lightweight sports cars and insanely powerful supercars.

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