Unsurprisingly, the exterior design hasn't been changed.
China's Auto Shanghai is in full swing and Honda is there to show off a hybrid version of the next-generation CR-V (which will replace the current UK car within a year). There’s not a great deal of information to go by at this point, but at least we do know the electrified SUV uses the Honda Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system.
It thus likely means the CR-V Hybrid is equipped with the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol unit used in the U.S. Accord Hybrid: it produces 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. The combustion engine works together with a 1.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a pair of electric motors to provide a combined output of 212 hp.
With the exception of a 'hybrid' badge stuck on the front-left wing, the Honda CR-V looks virtually the same as its conventionally powered counterpart. The lettering on the tailgate indicates we’re dealing with the Chinese-spec version of the car. Speaking of which, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co will have the new CR-V Hybrid on sale in China in the second half of the year. It’s not known at this point whether the model will be sold elsewhere.
The hybrid derivative is currently being showcased at Auto Shanghai alongside another CR-V fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-litre gasoline engine scheduled to be launched locally in the latter half of 2017. Honda-owned Acura is also attending the show where it’s hosting the world premiere of the TLX-L Prototype, a stretched version due to morph into a production car in the following months exclusively for the Chinese market.
Note: Images below are showing the regular 2017 CR-V in U.S. specification.
2017 Honda CR-V: Review
Honda Exhibits World Premiere of All-new CR-V Hybrid SUV at Auto Shanghai 2017
SHANGHAI, China, April 19, 2017 – Honda today exhibited the world premiere of its all-new SUV model, CR-V Hybrid, at Auto Shanghai 2017 (The 17th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition, Press days: April 19-20, 2017, Public days: April 21-28, 2017).
Equipped with the Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD* two-motor hybrid system, the CR-V Hybrid realizes both dynamic driving performance and excellent environmental performance at the same time. Moreover, the CR-V Hybrid comes loaded with a full complement of features including the Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. The CR-V Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in China in the second half of 2017 from Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
In addition to the CR-V Hybrid, Honda will continue to accelerate introductions of new products toward electrification. In 2018, Honda is planning to begin sales of a new electric vehicle which will be developed as a China-exclusive model.
* i-MMD: Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive
Other models on display at the Honda booth include the China premiere of the Honda NeuV, a concept car for an artificial intelligence (AI) equipped EV commuter; the all-new CR-V equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo engine, which will be added to the lineup in the second half of 2017 (from Dongfeng Honda); the UR-V, the large-sized SUV model launched in March of this year (from Dongfeng Honda); and the Avancier 240 Turbo equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo engine, which also went on sale in March of this year (from GAC Honda).