Honda revealed the CR-V Hybrid in the Chinese market earlier this year at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Now, Europe will see the unveiling of the CR-V Hybrid Prototype at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new CR-V Hybrid Prototype will be powered by the company's two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) hybrid system along with a 2.0 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine. The same two-motor system also powers the Accord Hybrid and an updated version of the two-motor hybrid system will soon debut on the 2018 Accord in the US later this year.
The CR-V Hybrid Prototype's two-motor system will not use a conventional transmission, but will get a single and fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components, while enabling a smooth transfer of torque within the system. The i-MMD system also makes the car fuel efficient by optimising use fuel and electric energy. The car will also get three driving modes - EV, Hybrid and Engine.
The EV mode draws its power from the batteries and results in zero emissions. In the Hybrid mode, the petrol engine powers the electric generator motor, which in turn delivers power to the electric propulsion motor. The excess power from the 2.0-litre engine is sent back via the generator motor that recharges the battery. In the Engine mode, the car runs solely on the i-VTEC engine, with an ‘on-demand’ peak power ‘boost’ available from the electric propulsion motor.
The new 2018 CR-V will also get Honda’s 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine that will be paired to either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable (CVT) transmission. The company will ditch the diesel powertrain on the new CR-V for European markets.