Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype – a Euro Eco-Dream for the US

Late last year, Honda presented its CR-V Hybrid Prototype at the Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the brand’s first- ever electrified SUV powertrain in Europe. 

The CR-V Hybrid Prototype retains the sophisticated and sporty silhouette of the world’s best-selling SUV. Wider, taller and longer than the previous version, the Hybrid Prototype of the new CR-V has fresh exterior styling, with a wider stance through the broader, muscular wheel arches.

The new SUV achieves a balance of elegance and athleticism, with thinner A-pillars that increase the shoulder volume of the car, but also a larger wheel and tire combination. Sharper contours are present on the bonnet and rear quarters, and the nose incorporates the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype
Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype

The CR-V Hybrid Prototype’s innovative powertrain is part of two-option powertrain range alongside a 1.5 liter VTEC TURBO petrol engine. The Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system comprises 2.0 liter i-VTEC petrol engine and two electric motors for seamless feeling of power and torque.

The two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system in the CR-V Hybrid Prototype is comprised of an electric propulsion motor, a 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gas engine for electrical energy generation and propulsion, and a separate electric generator motor. The hybrid system does not need a conventional transmission, fitted instead with a single fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components, enabling a smooth transfer of torque within the system.

The i-MMD system determines how to use fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way, meaning there is no requirement on the driver to adjust between the three driving modes; EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In most urban driving situations, the vehicle will move between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency. Engine Drive is engaged as needed for brisk acceleration and for efficient highway driving. In Engine Drive, the wheels are directly driven by the gasoline engine, with an ‘on-demand’ peak power ‘boost’ available from the electric propulsion motor.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype
Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype

In EV Drive, the propulsion motor draws its power solely from the batteries, delivering zero-emissions driving. In Hybrid Drive, the gas engine supplies power to the electric generator motor, which then delivers power to the electric propulsion motor. In this mode, excess power from the gasoline engine is diverted back via the generator motor to recharge the battery pack.

The 2018 CR-V will also be specified with Honda’s 1.5 liter VTEC TURBO petrol engine, with a choice of either 6-speed manual or continuously variable ‘CVT’ transmission.

The new Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype will be officially launched in Europe this year.

– 11/11/17, Honda Motor Company