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New 2018 Honda CR-V hybrid prototype previewed at Frankfurt | Auto Express

Honda’s CR-V hybrid prototype has featured at Frankfurt, showing styling clues set to feature on the European version of the new SUV



Honda have previewed the CR-V hybrid prototype SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which will launch in the UK at some point in 2018.

We’ve already seen the new CR-V – the American market model was revealed in October last year – but the prototype that will take to the stage at Frankfurt is the first time the firm’s next Hyundai Tucson rival has been seen in Europe, and will boast a number of tweaks specifically for the European market.

The ‘Hybrid Prototype’ specifically boasts a handful of unique styling changes drawing attention to its electrified powertrain. Under the skin it features an all-new Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid setup, composed of an electric motor, a 2.0-litre petrol engine, plus a separate electric motor generator.

The new system disposes a conventional gearbox in place of a single-fixed gear ratio, in a bid to reduce weight and size. It’s the same powertrain we drove in prototype form earlier this year, but now it’s being readied for production in Honda’s next SUV.
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It was bound to happen. The fuel economy will likely be better than the RAV4. Next year when the 2019 RAV4 hybrid comes out with the same set up as the new Camry Hybrid, it will likely top the CRV Hybrid.
 

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Will it be offered in the US?

Honda CR-V Hybrid appears in Frankfurt; US likely next, but when?



In April, we received the follow response from Honda to our question about U.S. plans for the CR-V Hybrid:
We have already announced our intent to electrify core volume models, including light trucks. CR-V will logically be a part of that, and we'll announce timing for the U.S. at a later date.
That's essentially Honda saying, "Yep, it's coming here too," before it makes the actual announcement.
 
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