Honda has unveiled the updated 2020 Honda CR-V, which has received a small facelift. The bigger news is the introduction of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid, which is Honda’s first electrified SUV.
The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is powered by a two-motor hybrid powertrain that’s shared with the current Accord Hybrid. It combines two electric motors with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine. The CR-V’s two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. The hybrid powertrain generates 212 horsepower and it’s expected to net a 50 percent increase in the EPA city fuel economy rating compared to the standard CR-V. If all-wheel drive is a must, you’ll be happy to hear that the CR-V Hybrid can send power from the electric motor to the rear wheels.
The CR-V Hybrid will go on sale in early 2020.
For the rest of the 2020 CR-V lineup, the sole engine is now the 190-hp 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder.
For the styling updates, the 2020 CR-V gets an updated front fascia with a new bumper that’s more aggressive and a more pronounced grille. There are also three new colors: Sonic Gray Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic on standard and Hybrid models, and new Aegean Blue Metallic, which is available exclusively on non-hybrid models.
Inside the gear selector has been updated with Honda’s push button system. The center console bin has also been redesigned and CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. Lastly the 2020 Honda CR-V now comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite.