Honda has unveiled the European version of the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid, which is going to debut next week at the Paris Motor Show.
On the outside the Honda CR-V Hybrid looks nearly identical to the regular CR-V, but under the hood there’s a new hybrid powertrain that mates a 2.0L four-cylinder to an electric motor to generate a combined 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft. of torque. Honda has also revealed that the CR-V Hybrid averages 53.3 mpg under the combined cycle of the outgoing NEDC test. The all-wheel drive version averages 51.4 mpg.
The CR-V Hybrid’s powertrain has three driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In EV Drive, the CR-V Hybrid is powered only by the electric motor, while in Hybrid Drive the four-cylinder engine powers a second motor/ generator that charges the battery pack. In Engine Drive the four-cylinder engine sends the power to the wheels.
The powertrain will automatically switch between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive and Honda expects that about 50 percent of the time, the CR-V Hybrid will be in EV Drive.
Honda has not announced when the CR-V Hybrid will be available in the US.