Honda has made a decision to showcase the hybrid version of the top selling compact SUV for two reasons - the popularity of SUVs in general and of the CR-V in particular, as well as China's emphasis on new energy vehicles, which is a outcome of their pollution issues.
The Chinese-spec 2017 Honda CR-V will have the 141 kW (192 PS) 1.5-litre turbocharged engine option. Driving enthusiasts might want to consider the two-door coupe as Honda will offer a manual transmission while the sedan only offers an automatic (CVT). Given that the CR-V was Honda's second-biggest-selling model in the United States a year ago, we presume this means a CR-V hybrid will reach our shores in the near future.
In addition to the CR-V Hybrid, Honda will continue to accelerate introductions of new products toward electrification.
Honda looks to compete with the two other Japanese automakers now offering hybrid compact crossover SUVs with the CR-V hybrid. Still, we'd be surprised if the CR-V hybrid failed to equal or exceed the front-wheel-drive Nissan Rogue hybrid's 34/33/35 (combined/city/highway) fuel-economy rating. On the D-segment sedan, a 2.0 litre four-cylinder i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle petrol engine outputs 145 hp and 175 Nm. China-market consumers will see the model on sale midway through 2017.
In terms of design, the new CR-V Hybrid essentially looks the same as the standard models.
Though there aren't many details about the hybrid version of Honda's popular SUV, the automaker did say the CR-V hybrid will come loaded with the full suite of Honda Sensing advanced safety and driver assistance technology.