Honda’s CR-V crossover is one of the bestselling models in the segment. The SUV is highly popular worldwide, but it definitely misses more action under the hood. This especially refers to the US model that offers just a 1.5-liter turbo unit. Well, guess what? This is going to change pretty soon because the car manufacturer prepares one really good powertrain. More precisely, they introduced the 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Shanghai auto show, and according to the latest reports, the hybrid crossover will hit the North American showrooms pretty soon.
We have no precise information about the output, but since the crossover uses the same powertrain as the Accord Hybrid, we know that’s cooking under the hood. It’s a “Sport Hybrid” two-motor hybrid system that pairs a gasoline motor and a pair of electric motors. The 2.0-liter gasoline engine independently provides 143 horsepower, but the whole system delivers 212 hp. The motors draw the power from a 1.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, which is mounted in the trunk. Now, since the carmaker hasn’t said anything more precise about the performance, we can’t know how god or bad will be crossover’s fuel economy. However, taking into account that the Accord Hybrid weighs around 3,400 pounds and the CR-V about 100 pounds less, MPG numbers should be very similar, or perhaps a little bit works due to a bulky body. Anyway, Honda’s mid-size sedan hybrid is rated at 49 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 48 mpg combined, so the 2018 CR-V Hybrid should be very close. This will definitely beat all rivals, especially the popular Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Toyota’s Rav4 Hybrid.
If everything goes according to plan, the 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid will make its US debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, while the sale should begin shortly after that. The carmaker hasn’t revealed any pricing information, yet we think it will start at $30,000.