Honda has revealed the CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show following the introduction of the 5th generation SUV at 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Honda did not reveal the specs of the CR-V Hybrid model, though we expect it to be powered by the Sport Hybrid i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive). In Honda language, that'd be a 2.0-litre motor paired to small electric motors.
We are familiar with the 2nd generation drivetrain thanks to the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, whose petrol engine churns out 140bhp. Along with the electric motors, the total output goes up to 210bhp. Regarding fuel economy, the Accord Hybrid is rated at 23.1km/l.
The lightest Honda CR-V tips the scales at 1,500kg, whereas the Accord Hybrid weighs 1580kg. Keeping in variables like the wind resistance, which is unfavourable in the case of a crossover SUV, the CR-V Hybrid is the thirstier option.
While Honda has launched the Accord Hybrid sedan in India, it needs to be seen if the company will launch the hybrid model of the CR-V.
The current India-spec Honda CR-V model is powered with the choice of either the 2.0-litre or the 2.4-litre petrol engine. The 2.0-litre churns out 154bhp and 190Nm of torque, while the 2.4-litre unit produces 187bhp and 226Nm of torque.
The 2.0-litre is offered in both manual and automatic gearbox while the 2.4-litre is offered with the automatic gearbox only.
With the focus on cleaner and greener environment along with the government's FAME scheme, a hybrid version of the Honda CR-V will add to the benefit of cleaner world.