Honda Expects CR-V Hybrid To Account For Half Of European Sales

Honda is hopeful that the new CR-V Hybrid will not only successfully fill the void of the diesel-powered version in Europe, but will account for half of the projected 60,000 annual sales as well.

The new CR-V Hybrid marks the return of Honda to the technology for the region, and is the company’s first hybrid since the 2015 Jazz Hybrid to be offered in the Old Continent.

“It’s the most important Honda powertrain in the last 10 years,” Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda in the UK told AutoNews.

The new CR-V Hybrid is expected to have a similar price to the discontinued diesel model. The self-charging hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-liter petrol engine with Honda’s Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system.

It also features an innovative single fixed-gear transmission, instead of the CVT usually found in other hybrid SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The powertrain’s maximum combined output is rated at 181hp (184PS) and 232lb-ft (315Nm) of torque.

Honda’s hybrid SUV offers three driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. EV Drive powers the CR-V on electric power alone but only for really short distances (around 1.2 miles / 2 km) because of the small lithium-ion battery pack. It does, however, return up to 53.3 mpg UK (5.3lt/100km) combined, while CO2 emissions are rated at 120g/km for the FWD version and at 126g/km for the AWD.

“I see no reason why diesel customers wouldn’t buy it,” Hodgetts said. “It’s also so much more refined.” Honda is expecting the CR-V Hybrid to outsell its petrol-powered sibling in the midterm.

Honda will start selling the 2019 CR-V Hybrid in Europe from March, alongside the already launched 1.5-liter turbocharged model.

more photos...
  • Christian

    The car is too big…Won’t fit…

  • Kagan

    How boring.

  • Rocket

    So if you want the Hybrid, you have to give up the conventional shifter and live with the silly button layout? Probably not worth it.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    The US needs this to compete with the RAV4 Hybrid, Rogue Hybrid, and upcoming Escape Hybrid.

  • songoku64

    No exposed exhaust pipes, looks weird to me.

  • We can see some new ones from dealers driving around with 5.5L/100km in big letters…
    If it sells better than diesel it will be for taxes. Unless you’re stuck in traffic, Such a car makes more sense in Diesel. Honda has great deisel engines, That will give you an average of 5.5L/100km in real life.

Hyundai Will Use AI To Automatically Alert Authorities To Injuries After Crashes

The Israeli tech company’s tech is so advanced it can alert authorities of potential injuries in just 7 seconds.

Toro Rosso Boss Says Today’s F1 Drivers Can Handle Much Faster Cars With Ease

Nowadays, you’ll never see a driver collapsing after a race as in the past, even in the worst of conditions.

Jay Leno Checks Out Mil-Spec’s Hummers At His LA Garage

The legendary military truck-turned-fashion icon has been thoroughly updated without losing its identity.

Mercedes-Benz 560SEC Widebody: Big, Bad, And Old School To The Core

Some pristine, low-mileage 560SEC AMG 6.0 examples sell for more than $100,000 these days.

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider Sets The Benchmark In Open-Top Supercars

Can anyone find a flaw in the way the new 488 Pista Spider drives? Well, they can sure try…

BMW M2 Competition, M4 And Others Recalled Over Potentially Faulty Airbags

Certain 2019-2020 2-Series, 3-Series and 4-Series models are also included in the recall.

Several States Want To Use Credit Cards At EV Stations, Security Concerns Arise

Most current electric vehicles chargers use an app or secure, contactless payment methods.

Corvette Z06 Driver Does A Mustang By Attempting Burnout, Ending Up In Ditch

The ‘Vette disappears in a cloud of white smoke before crashing in an embarrassing manner.

Red Is So Overrated; Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is Much Better In Azzurro Dino Blue

The SF90 Stradale uses a twin-turbo V8 and three electric motors – and looks stunning in that hue.

Watch A VW Driver Try To Inflate Their Tires With… An EV Charger!

An EV charger looks nothing like an air pump – yet, somehow this driver thought it would do the trick.