Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype Coming To Frankfurt With Electrified Powertrain, Revised Styling

Honda is set to make some serious modifications to the CR-V family in Europe, and the Hybrid Prototype that’s coming to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show previews all of them.

It features the brand’s first-ever electrified SUV powertrain available in Europe, which combines a 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, with an electric propulsion motor, and a separate electric generator motor.

The automaker says that the hybrid system doesn’t need a conventional transmission, so instead they went with a single fixed-gear ratio that enables “a smooth transfer of torque within the system”, and creates “a direct connection between moving components”, says Honda.

Moreover, the person behind the wheel does not need to adjust between the usual driving modes – EV, Hybrid, and Engine, as the i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system determines how to use the fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way. In most urban driving situations, the CR-V will move between Hybrid and EV Drive, for optimum efficiency, and when the Engine Drive is engaged, drivers have an ‘on-demand’ peak power boost available from the electric propulsion motor.

Besides signaling the launch of the new CR-V Hybrid in Europe, Honda’s Frankfurt Prototype also previews its evolutionary design, described as “sophisticated and sport”. The vehicle has a larger footprint than its predecessor, and comes with fresh styling, sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, and the brand’s latest front end.

Honda will present the CR-V Hybrid Prototype during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the production version to be officially launched in Europe next year. The new CR-V will also be available with a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine, mated to a 6-speed manual or a CVT transmission, and it won’t feature a diesel powertrain in Europe.


  • Bash

    More -storm trooper- like than ever YET.

  • Infinite1

    Single gear transmission. Interesting

  • cat

    Only you can drive a short distance in 100% electric mode in this car why not plug in to do it at least 50 kilometers in 100% electric mode?

  • SteersUright

    Long overdue, but in typical Honda fashion, it’ll probably be the best in its class. Excited to see the final result. Also, happen to think the current CRV looks great and certainly more premium thank its competitors.

  • U8INIT

    Oh Honda about to storm now…watch!

  • sidewaysspin

    Hybrids are a good solution as opposed to electric only which are still unpractical.

  • Harry_Wild

    What is the 0-60, 0-30 times? What is MPG? How much does it cost? Will it come to the U.S. eventually like the Type R Civic. It only took 6 years to make it over here! LOL!

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