Despite killing off several hybrid vehicles in recent years ? Insight (2014), Civic Hybrid (2015) and CR-Z (2016) ? Honda is poised to make a big compact when it comes to hybrid-electric vehicles.
Honda will feature the Honda CR-V Hybrid at this year Geneva Motor Show making it now the third time the automaker has shown off its compact hybrid crossover (after last year’s Shanghai Paris shows). This is a clear indication that this environmentally friendly CUV could go into production soon, but Honda still hasn’t confirmed whether or not this model will be offered in North America.
If it does go on sale here, it would join new hybrids the next-gen Accord Hybrid and expanded Clarity lineup, which arrive later this year. The CR-V Hybrid would be aimed squarely at hybrid CUVs like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Nissan Rogue Hybrid as well as fuel-efficient rivals like the diesel-powered Chevrolet Equinox and, if it ever arrives, the Mazda CX-5.
As shown in China and Europe, the CR-V Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine paired to Honda’s “Sport Hybrid” drive system. This system uses two motors, in place of a conventional transmission, it features a fixed-gear ratio to send power to the wheels. This system offers three driving modes ? EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive ? allowing drivers to get the exact experience they demand.
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