Frankfurt 2017: Honda CR-V Hybrid To Make European Debut, Drops Diesel Variant

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Frankfurt 2017: Honda CR-V Hybrid To Make European Debut, Drops Diesel Variant

Following its global debut in China earlier this year, Honda has announced today that a 2.0-litre i-MMD petrol-electric hybrid model will be joining the CR-V’s European line-up.

Still referred to officially as a prototype due to legal reasons (it has yet to complete its homologation process), the production-ready CR-V Hybrid shares the same hybrid drivetrain as the Accord Hybrid.

Unlike the one-motor i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) Jazz and City Hybrid, the CR-V Hybrid uses a different two-motor system, paired to a 2.0-litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a combination that Honda refers to as Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD).

Like the Accord Hybrid (and Plug-in Hybrid), the CR-V Hybrid doesn’t have any conventional transmission. Instead, drive is transferred to the front-wheels via a single fixed-gear ratio.

The all-new Honda CR-V will only be on sale in Europe in early 2018. Also available is a 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo variant, similar to the model that we get here. Curiously, Honda has confirmed that for this all-new model, a diesel engine will no longer be offered, possibly due to the reduced demand for diesel-powered vehicles in Europe post-Dieselgate.  



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As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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