New Honda CR-V hybrid: prices, specs and pictures
The new Honda CR-V hybrid SUV starts from £29k in the UK, and is capable of achieving 53.3mpg
Under the skin the SUV is powered an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. It comprises an electric motor, a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a separate electric motor-generator to deliver a total output of 181bhp and 315Nm of torque.
The new system uses a single fixed gear ratio in place of a conventional gearbox in a bid to reduce mass and size. Buyers are able to choose between front- and four-wheel drive variants.
Four-wheel drive models start from £32,065 and rise to £37,255. The trim line-up mirrors that of the standard CR-V so is made up of four specifications: S, SE, SR and EX. Top of the range versions come fitted with a heated steering wheel, head up display, panoramic glass roof, leather and cruise control as standard.
The CR-V is the first car from Honda to feature the new hybrid system. The powertrain automatically shuffles between its three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – depending on conditions and how the car is being driven.
The pure EV and hybrid driving modes are tuned for low speed and urban driving, but range on electric power alone won’t challenge that of the many plug-in systems already on sale. The petrol engine can kick in to power the wheels on motorways, but it is also used to deliver power to the electric motor and recharge the battery pack.
The front-wheel drive CR-V hybrid achieves 53.3mpg in official tests, while the four-wheel drive model is slightly less efficient, returning 51.4mpg. CO2 emissions stand at 120g/km for the front wheel drive model and 126g/km for the four-wheel drive.
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