Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: the petrol SUV that mimics a diesel

Honda CR-V HybridHonda has confirmed fuel economy for its forthcoming 2019 CR-V Hybrid – and it’s good news, for this is a petrol SUV that does a fair impression of a diesel in the efficiency stakes.

Combined fuel economy under the revised, tougher WLTP-related NEDC test is 53.3mpg, equalling CO2 emissions of 120g/km.

That’s for the front-wheel drive model. Choose all-wheel drive and the figures are still decent, with economy of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 126g/km. Not bad for a family-friendly mid-size SUV.

Honda CR-V Hybrid

It’s Honda’s clever i-MMD hybrid tech that’s to thank for this. It enables the 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine to constantly switch between electric (it has two electric motors), hybrid and engine drive, maximising economy and minimising emissions.

The new CR-V Hybrid will make its production-spec debut at the Paris Motor Show 2018 next week, alongside a revised version of its smaller SUV sibling, the HR-V.

Honda’s given the junior crossover a bolder grille with more chrome, revised headlights and LED running lights. It launches with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, with a turbocharged version of this petrol motor following in 2019, alongside a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.

Honda’s also showing a Civic Type R wearing a full ‘ArtCar Manga’ wrap, and the surprisingly successful Honda-powered Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 Formula 1 car will be shown – as will the NSX GT3 that Jenson Button is racing this year.

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