Honda CR-V Dumps Diesel for Hybrid Variant in Europe
For North Americans, the 2018 Honda CR-V has actually been on sale since October 2017, but Europeans won’t get to enjoy the new model until fall 2018. At its launch, it will be fitted with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
In early 2019 however, the CR-V will gain a hybrid variant, powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine paired with two electric motors. It’s Honda’s Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system, which doesn’t use a conventional transmission. Instead, there’s a more compact unit that uses a single fixed-gear ratio.
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Both the gasoline and hybrid models will come with front-wheel drive as standard, but both models can be had with all-wheel drive. The new CR-V will also offer a new seven-seat option for the first time, adding a third row that’s easy to get in and out of thanks to a wide and low step-in aperture.
Along with the premiere of the European Honda CR-V, the Japanese automaker will also bring the Urban EV Concept, Sports EV Concept, and the NeuV Concept to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Race car fans will be able to take a look at the Civic Type R TCR and the NSX GT3. Rounding out Honda’s display is the debut of the Jazz X-Road.
We asked Honda USA if the hybrid and seven-seat models will be arriving in North America. Unsurprisingly, they told us Honda doesn’t discuss future product, but said the CR-V hybrid and seven-seat models are not confirmed for the US right now.
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