Honda CR-V Hybrid Test: The Transitional SUV


If Toyota is the world leader in hybridization, Honda has also been working on this topic for a long time: the first hybrid model of 1999 and 2.4 million units sold. The brand was not always successful in this niche (the Insight sedan remained in the shadow of the Prius), however, with the new Honda CR-V HybridA course is exceeded. Its technology is much more advanced than before and its efficiency is real. This CR-V hybrid based on the new model is available with two gears (4×2 and 4×4) and it sounds like the killing blow of the CR-V diesel in Europe (few Asian markets are eligible).

Honda France hopes to sell 2,750 CR-V hybrids and only 250 CR-Vs in 2019.

If the removal of CR-V diesel for Honda is not a problem in worldwide distribution where petrol dominates, it is more difficult for Honda in France, where the diesel version made up to 98% of its predecessor (2017 figures). Honda therefore makes a decision on the energy transition for certain countries. However, this policy of electrification of the models is in line with the aspirations of certain customers, driven by the authorities, which are increasingly blocking the path to diesel. But can the customer find a budget for use with one? Hybrid SUV ?

Honda CR-V hybrid price

First good news for the CR-V Hybrid, the price is not insane (from 34 600 €) and the penalty games are muted (45 €). Compared with the CR-V diesel, the price inflation is measured: € 2,000 difference between a 184 hp CR-V hybrid 4×4 and a former CR-V diesel 4×4 BVA of 160 hp, which would be used today more malus than the hybrid. This price is the result of a classic hybridizationand not a hybrid rechargeable system whose implementation is much more expensive. It allows customers an easier transition from diesel to hybrid, in particular, that Honda offers a tempting rental to take the plunge: 399 € per month with maintenance over 5 years / 50,000 km for a CR-V Hybrid 4×2 Executive very well equipped (after contribution of 5 260 €).

Logo Honda CRV Hybrid
Honda CR-V Hybrid
Logo Honda CRV Hybrid
Honda CR-V Hybrid

To go from 4×2 to 4×4, the CR-V hybrid gets € 2,000 more with small penalty of 75 €. Honda expects 60% of its revenue from this AWD. The 4×4 transmission is the same as the gasoline version with gear shaft and disengageable clutch and no electric motor on the rear axle like other hybrid models. Our trial fits this definition: Honda CR-V Hybrid 4 WD Exclusive With 45.970 € this is the top model. It should be noted that the CR-V can not dispose of for technical reasons seven digits, optionally available in the thermal version.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Power

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Honda engineers have developed a new hybrid technology. Named i-MMD (intelligent multi-mode drive)It is based on a 145 hp Atkinson cycle i VTEC 2.0 engine, a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors. The cumulative power of the hybrid CR-V is 184 ch and the couple too 315 Nm. One of the two electric motors is actually a generator which supplies the second responsible for the drive with power. He also has an e-CVT transmission in his machine. Note that the engine on the road or in engine-drive mode can drive the front wheels directly via a clutch to avoid friction and energy loss from other components.

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