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Paris Motor Show 2018: Honda CR-V goes Hybrid

October 02, 2018, 07:16 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Paris Motor Show 2018: Honda CR-V goes Hybrid

-    The CR-V Hybrid has an output of 181bhp from the petrol-electric drive.

-    The electrified SUV achieves a fuel economy of 22.5kmpl (53.3mpg).

-    Might also come to India alongside the Accord Hybrid.

At the Paris Motor Show, Honda had a mixed bag of display. But the most important one for us was the CR-V Hybrid. The concept of the hybridised CR-V was showcased at the Frankfurt Show almost a year ago and now a production-ready version at the Paris stage doesn’t look any different from the one last year. 

The CR-V hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine that works in tandem with an electric motor to deliver a combined output of 181bhp and 315Nm. The SUV can be had either in FWD or AWD layout. And the latter claims a fuel economy of 22.5kmpl under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The CR-V Hybrid also has Honda’s i-MMD technology, which automatically switches between three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – to optimise both performance and efficiency.

While use in city, the SUV automatically switches between Hybrid Drive and EV drive to ensure maximum efficiency. In the former state, the combustion engine powers a second motor/generator to supplement electrical energy from the battery pack. While in the latter mode, the lithium-ion battery pack feeds the electric motor to drive the wheels. Moreover, there’s also an Engine Drive mode in which the gasoline engine powers the wheels. Honda says that at moderate speeds, the CR-V Hybrid will use the EV Drive mode for more than 50 per cent of the time. However, at higher speeds, EV Drive is activated only for roughly one-third of the time.

Sharing the Paris stage with the CR-V were the updated HR-V and Civic Type R “ArtCar Manga” along with NSX GT3 in the motorsport area. The Honda CR-V Hybrid might also make its way to India where it will sit alongside its sibling, the Accord Hybrid.  

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