The subsequent-generation Honda CR-V e:PHEV made its debut on the finish of final week in Europe, exhibiting the plug-in hybrid variant might be extra broadly out there than within the earlier technology that was bought primarily in China.
Initially launched earlier this 12 months in China, the brand new CR-V plug-in hybrid might be one in every of two drivetrains out there in Europe, the opposite being the usual hybrid system that’s current on sixth-generation fashions bought elsewhere world wide.
It’s unclear at this stage if the CR-V e:PHEV might be out there in variations of the crossover inbuilt each Thailand and North America. Australia-bound CR-Vs are anticipated to return from Thailand.
Whereas the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid has a extra highly effective 225kW powertrain in comparison with the 169kW system fitted to the common RAV4 hybrid, the CR-V e:PHEV has no further energy.
As a substitute it has the identical 152kW system fitted to the CR-V e:HEV, which pairs a 109kW/183Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with a 135kW/335Nm electrical motor.
Naturally the PHEV mannequin has a bigger lithium-ion battery pack, and exterior charging functionality. Honda hasn’t introduced the capability of the PHEV’s battery, however has revealed the automobile is able to 82km of pure electrical driving beneath the WLTP testing normal.
The corporate additionally claims the e:PHEV might be absolutely recharged from empty in 2.5 hours.
In Europe the CR-V will solely be out there as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. A turbocharged 142kW/243Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine will characteristic in different markets world wide, together with North America and Thailand.
The sixth-generation CR-V was unveiled within the US in the midst of 2022. In March this 12 months, the automobile was the star attraction on the Honda’s Bangkok motor present stand. It’s doubtless the Australia-bound CR-Vs might be sourced from Thailand, however timing, specs and drivetrain choices have but to be confirmed.
Whereas Honda has lagged behind different carmakers, together with Volkswagen and Stellantis, in its rollout of pure EVs, the corporate has switched to providing solely electrified drivetrains, largely hybrid, on new fashions being bought in Europe, with the only real exception being the Civic Sort R.
Up to now Honda’s solely European EV is the the retro-styled e. Whereas the small hatch has received plaudits for its design, its small 35.5kWh battery limits vary to 211km (WLTP), and has put a dampener on gross sales.
Honda will quickly launch the curiously-named e:Ny1 on the Continent, and whereas it seems to be like a warmed over HR-V, it truly rides on the e:N Structure F front-wheel drive EV platform. Fitted with a extra palatable 68.8kWh battery, the e:Ny1 is anticipated to have a spread of round 412km.