Honda will be showcasing a CR-V Hybrid prototype at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. A hybridized CR-V has already been confirmed for the European market, but there’s no official word yet on the U.S. market. A CR-V Hybrid is a plausible step for Honda to achieve its ambitious goal of electrifying 65 percent of its fleet by 2030.
Like the Accord Hybrid, the CR-V Hybrid prototype is powered by Honda’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive hybrid system. This system works by having a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline four-cylinder engine tied directly to an electric motor. The electric motor is then attached to one side of the clutch, while the other side is tied directly to the front differential. The setup allows the CR-V Hybrid to have three different drive modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive.
Honda says the CR-V Hybrid will be the company’s first electrified SUV for the European market, where it has confirmed plans to sell it. Thus far Honda is not confirming the CR-V Hybrid for the North American market, but it will likely serve as Honda’s first electrified SUV here too. Not only are SUVs popular on the sales charts right now, but a CR-V Hybrid would battle it out directly with the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid and Nissan Rogue Hybrid models.
It’s anyone’s guess as to when Honda may confirm the CR-V Hybrid for the U.S., but it will for sure be on sale in Europe next year.