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Click on to enlarge Whereas the remainder of the world has had the newest Honda CR-V for not less than a yr now, gross sales of the SUV have solely simply began in Europe. Honda is working fast to appease patrons within the Continent, nevertheless, as it’s introducing a hybrid model at the moment solely provided in China (and shortly in Japan as effectively). Changing the outgoing 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel variant, the CR-V Hybrid makes use of the identical Sport Hybrid Clever Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain because the Accord Hybrid. The entire setup consists of a 2.zero litre Atkinson-cycle i-VTEC petrol engine, a pair of electrical motors and a lithium-ion battery to ship a complete system output of 184 PS and 315 Nm of torque. Notably, the system does away with a transmission fully, as an alternative utilizing the engine to drive an electrical motor/generator in Hybrid Drive mode; this powers the drive motor, which in flip drives the wheels. In Engine Drive mode, a lock-up clutch connects the engine to a single-ratio gearbox to drive the wheels straight, bettering effectivity at freeway speeds. The CR-V Hybrid was previewed by a prototype proven at Frankfurt final yr This automotive additionally options an EV mode that attracts energy from the battery for petrol-free propulsion. Honda says that its i-MMD system is extra refined than the planetary gearset utilized in different hybrids just like the Toyota Prius (a system Toyota calls an digital constantly variable transmission, or eCVT), and that its engineers labored arduous to make sure a seamless transition between the modes. Except for that, the Hybrid mannequin is just about equivalent to every other CR-V offered in Europe, save for a Car Driver Info Interface (DII) show that reveals the workings of the i-MMD system. Which means it needs to be out there with seven seats and the complete Honda Sensing energetic security suite as normal. Manufacturing of the CR-V Hybrid for European markets will kick off subsequent month – as will the order books for the automotive – with first deliveries slated to start early subsequent yr. GALLERY: Honda CR-V for Europe
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