Honda is to launch its CR-V SUV with a hybrid powertrain in the UK in October.

The car’s Honda Hybrid Performance system features Intelligent Multi-Mode (i-MMD) technology, consisting of two electric motors, a petrol engine and a direct transmission.

The CR-V Hybrid is equipped with a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and a lithium ion battery pack. The maximum output is 184PS with 315Nm of torque.

No efficiency figures have yet been released

Instead of using a conventional transmission, a single fixed gear ratio creates a direct connection between moving components, resulting in a smoother transfer of torque.

The i-MMD technology automatically switches between three driving modes:

  • EV Drive: this draws energy from the battery to power the electric propulsion motor and drive the wheels (with the petrol engine turned off)
  • Hybrid Drive: the petrol engine powers a second motor/generator that supplements electrical energy from the battery pack
  • Engine Drive: a lock-up clutch mechanism creates a direct connection between the petrol engine and the wheels.

In most urban driving situations, the CR-V Hybrid will automatically transition between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency.

In Hybrid Drive, excess power from the petrol engine can also be diverted to recharge the battery via the generator motor.

The Engine Drive mode is the most efficient set-up for high-speed highway cruising.

At a moderate cruise, the CR-V Hybrid will typically run in EV Drive for more than half of the time, while at faster speeds, the car will be in EV Drive for approximately one third of the time.

The control software of the i-MMD system will constantly decide when to shuffle between these modes to maximise efficiency dependent on the situation and environment, without input from the driver.

Production of the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid for European markets is set to start in October 2018, with the first customer deliveries in early 2019.

Source: Fleet News

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