THE Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, but it’s far more than any electrified crossover you’ve seen before.
It’s the only one of its kind to be produced by Honda and destined for the European market, but it’s also unlike most hybrids.
In this case, the wheels are always powered by the electric motors with the petrol engine only charging the batteries.
It may sound complicated, but it offers a more efficient way of powering the car but without the need to recharge the batteries at home.
Here is everything you need to know about the Honda CR-V Hybrid from the information released so far.
It uses a single fixed-gear transmission
That’s right, just one gear. A combination of a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder VTEC engine and two electric motors makes up the CR-V Hybrid Prototype’s powertrain, while power is sent through a single fixed-gear transmission.
This means you get a smoother transfer of torque within the system - which isn’t just nicer to drive, it makes it more efficient too.
It’ll pick the best driving mode according to the conditions
The CR-V Hybrid’s on-board system is able to see how to use its fuel and electrical energy efficiency, and will adjust the driving modes accordingly.
That means the driver can carry on with their journey without having to worry about switching modes to get the most from the car.
It’s sleeker than before
Thanks to thinner A-pillars, larger wheels and a more angular design in general, the CR-V Hybrid is a sleeker car than the one it replaces.
Wider arches give it a more muscular look, too, and should mean it looks rather imposing out on the road.
As well as releasing the new CR-V Hybrid Prototype, Honda has confirmed that no diesel engines will feature in the vehicle’s powertrain line-up.
Instead, you’ll be able to pick a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine driven through either a six-speed manual or CVT transmission, as well as the hybrid version seen here.
There’s four to come
Although it looks like an SUV, it’s only available in front-wheel drive at the moment.
However, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda revealed that the team are working on a setup that will send power to all four wheels.
More details surrounding the CR-V Hybrid are due to released early next year.