The first time we saw this concept was a few months ago in China at Auto Shanghai, and now Honda has decided the CR-V Hybrid should receive a proper premiere in Europe as well, arriving in Frankfurt as a pre-production prototype.
With this near-production prototype title, we can be sure the series model will virtually look unchanged, and the CR-V is now on its way towards becoming the brand’s first electrified SUV offered in Europe – where the crossover is actually going to lack a diesel engine. In terms of styling, the CR-V Hybrid looks almost unchanged from the SUV’s new generation that already premiered in the United States. Changes include an LED bar sporting the same design as the daytime running lights from the main clusters that sits where the American brother has the fog lights, while the two-tone alloy wheels have been directly taken from the US-spec version. The standard CR-V for Europe will pack the company’s new turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine already seen on the Civic, bundled with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional continuously variable transmission.
While Honda has already revealed a diesel option isn’t offered on the new CR-V, it’s also quite mysterious about the technical specifications of the CR-V Hybrid Prototype – the company has so far only explained the concept has a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine on the Atkinson cycle running along an electric motor. It also makes use of Honda’s proprietary Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system, with three automatic modes – EV Drive (zero emissions), Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive, which are pretty much self-explanatory. All specifications will be revealed by Honda early next year, with the CR-V Hybrid reaching Europe later in 2018.