By Stewart Smith on 2018-02-28 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Honda goes hybrid
with new CR-V
HONDA is set to reveal the European version of the all-new CR-V at the Geneva Motor Show, including, for the first time, the option of seven seats and a petrol/electric hybrid model.
Honda say the CR-V SUV has a fresh exterior design, with broader, muscular wheel arches, sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, as well as the latest Honda 'family face' with its signature headlight graphic.
It also comes with thinner windcreen-pillars, sculpted front and rear bumpers, and under-engine and under-floor covers which help to make the new CR-V one of the most aerodynamically efficient vehicles in its class.
On the inside, the latest design includes a more spacious cabin and the dashboard features two seven-inch displays, while the layout of controls come with a simple cluster for air conditioning management located beneath the central touchscreen.
The latest CR-V is slightly larger than the present model with a longer wheellbase as well as a wider, deeper boot with a longer load bay. A new two-position boot floor enables a flat surface for loading larger items.
As far as power goes the new model be available with Honda's intelligent multi mode drive hybrid system, comprising a 2.0-litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle petrol engine and two electric motors.
A 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine is also available. Power is delivered via a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional CVT automatic transmission.
The petrol and hybrid powertrains are front-wheel drive as standard, but both can be specified with Honda's latest all-wheel drive technology.First deliveries of Honda CR-V fitted with the 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine are expected in the autumn with hybrid models following early in 2019.
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