Honda, a Japanese manufacturer, is one of the pioneers in the field of hybrid drives, which in Europe was demonstrated by the launch of the Insight model in 1999.
Approaching present times, this means that the CR-V skips the diesel engine and makes the hybrid greener. However, it is essential to say that the Honda CR-V 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid was released in a different way than other products. Although it uses an internal combustion engine in the drive chain, two electric motors (one for driving, one for electric generator) and a rechargeable battery, they are in reverse functional use.
Starring Electric Motor
The CR-V Hybrid selects a suitable drive mode – electric, Hybrid or internal combustion engine – depending on driving conditions. The 2.0 i-VTEC (107 kW/145 hp/6200 rpm; 175 Nm/4000 rpm) gasoline-powered Hybrid i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) primarily supports power generation while operating at optimum speed. The direct drive is used at higher speeds, engaging in this process via a fixed clutch and a fixed gear. On the central panel, there are only the corresponding drive mode buttons. The permanent magnet traction synchronous electric motor offers a maximum power of 135 kW (184 hp) and 315 Nm torque. Generator power is 105 kW, battery capacity 1.35 kWh, for a pure electric drive the CR-V drives 2 km far. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h for the front-wheel drive version takes 8.8 seconds.
The instrument panel indicates that it is a hybrid. There are fuel gauge indicators and rechargeable battery controls, while the multifunction steering wheel includes driver assistants and a multimedia system. The interior boasts quality elaboration and an attractive dashboard assembly, with ample storage compartments in the lavish interior, a 497-liter trunk (rechargeable battery is stored under the floor).
Driving with this Hybrid is appealing not only because of its dynamic, smooth, and steady start. The operation is quiet and does not interfere with the noise of the combustion engine at a higher load. After activating the Econ button, the accelerator pedal will be less responsive than at the Sport option, but the car will reward you with exceptional consumption values. In the city and its surroundings you can ride with the average 5.0-5.5 l/100 km, on the highway, you can reach 7.2 l/100 km. You can select four levels of engine recovery. The chassis is very stable and comfortable; it perfectly cuts all the bumps on the road. The price of a 2WD vehicle with Lifestyle equipment is € 36,790.
The Honda CR-V is the world’s best-selling vehicle of its kind. It is an advanced vehicle in terms of technology and design, and this also applies to the Hybrid version.
Text: Peter Stano, photo: Honda