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Honda unveils prototype of its first hybrid SUV for Europe in Frankfurt

Honda has premiered the CR-V hybrid prototype at the Frankfurt motor show, demonstrating the brand’s first electrified SUV powertrain available in Europe.

With the Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system, the two-motor hybrid features an electric propulsion motor, a 2.0 liter i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine for energy generation and propulsion, and a separate electric generator motor.

This means the car can do away with the conventional transmission and instead utilize a single fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components, ultimately providing smooth torque transfer.

In the relentless quest to lower emissions, the OEM has used clever engineering to produce a powertrain system that determines how to use fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way possible, switching between EV drive, hybrid drive and engine drive.

The CR-V also features the powertrain option of Honda’s 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine, available with a manual or CVT transmission. In a move that is becoming more prolific, the OEM’s latest SUV will not feature a diesel unit, as the fuel option’s popularity decreases.

While the hybrid powertrain is the big change for the CR-V, the Japanese auto maker has also given its newest addition a facelift, giving the HV a wider look.

Honda’s first hybrid SUV to reach Europe is on show at the Frankfurt motor show this week and will hit streets in 2018.

September 13, 2017

Written by Sam Petters

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