The hybrid model of the fifth-generation Honda CR-V, achieves 120g/km and 53.3mpg for the front-wheel drive mannequin, and 126g/km and 51.4mpg for the four-wheel drive variant, the model has introduced.
These figures put the petrol-electric hybrid CR-V in league with diesel variants of rivals’ massive SUVs, such because the 1.6-litre diesel Nissan X-Path (133g/km and 55.4mpg) and the Skoda Kodiaq 2.Zero TDI (131g/km and 56.5mpg).
The CR-V, which rivals the Volkswagen Tiguan, goes on sale in Autumn with Honda’s 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine with a six-speed handbook or CVT transmission, with costs beginning at £25,995, and rising to £36,455 for the top-spec, CVT-equipped automotive. The hybrid, previewed by a CR-V Hybrid Prototype proven on the Frankfurt motor present will probably be launched in early 2019.
There will probably be two powertrains accessible: a 1.5-litre turbocharged VTEC petrol engine, accessible with both a handbook or CVT gearbox, or a hybrid 2.Zero-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with two electrical motors – one for propulsion and one electrical generator motor – which was previewed by a prototype model ultimately yr’s Frankfurt motor present. Honda UK boss Dave Hodgetts predicted that an equal cut up between petrol and hybrid gross sales within the UK would take three years.
The CR-V, which was revealed at Geneva motor present earlier this yr, will probably be supplied with the choices of seven seats for the primary time. 4 trims can be found – S, SE, SR and EX, with the most cost effective S grade being two-wheel drive and five-seat solely. The seven-seat automotive (the primary time a 3rd row has been supplied on the CR-V), begins at £30,655, and is just accessible as a four-wheel drive automotive, with a selection of solely SE or SR trims.
The brand new mannequin doesn’t get a diesel, a dramatic transfer provided that 60% of present CR-V gross sales within the UK are diesel. Hodgetts stated he consider loads of individuals would flip to petrol as an alternative, however added that “increased mileage drivers would anticipate hybrid”. Deliveries for the petrol CR-V begin in autumn, whereas the hybrid – solely accessible on the five-seat model – arrives in 2019.
The gearbox on the hybrid is a brand new single fixed-gear ratio transmission, which Honda claims ensures smoother torque supply. A system referred to as i-MMD (Clever Multi-Mode Drive) manages the powertrain, so drivers don’t have to change between the three drive modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. The Atkinson cycle engine depends on the electrical motor for low-end torque, however the motor can even help the two.Zero-litre petrol engine when required. The automotive’s underbelly has been specifically sculpted to enhance aerodynamics and enhance gas financial system.
The model describes the CR-V’s chassis as “probably the most refined” one on the mannequin but, with the primary objectives being improved journey high quality and higher functionality off-road.
Honda claims that the CR-V seven-seater with a 3rd row of seats could have class-leading entry and leg room for the rearmost seats. Outwardly, it’s grown in each route to accommodate the additional inside house.
Hodgetts stated take-up of the seven-seater could be “decrease than you’d assume”, however added that loads of prospects have beforehand requested why the model doesn’t provide a seven-seater.
The automotive’s floor clearance grows to as a lot as 208mm for four-wheel-drive petrol vehicles, contributing to what Honda claims will probably be true off-road potential.
Tech highlights on the brand new CR-V embrace two 7.0in shows – one rather than conventional dials and the opposite serving as the primary infotainment show. A powered tailgate additionally options, with a system that stops the door from scraping low ceilings.
The mannequin, which has solely has delicate exterior adjustments, is already on sale in America, however that is the primary time it has been seen in European specification.
Deliveries for the petrol CR-V will begin in autumn, whereas the hybrid arrives in 2019. Rivals will embrace smaller SUVs such because the Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai, in addition to bigger choices together with the Nissan X-Path and Ford Kuga.
The CR-V was Honda’s third largest vendor within the UK final yr, after the Jazz and Civic. As soon as the brand new mannequin is on sale, Hodgetts is hoping for gross sales of 15,000 yearly within the UK. He admits nearly all of patrons will probably be loyal Honda prospects, however hopes the introduction of the hybrid variant and seven-seat possibility will carry new patrons to the model too.
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