Last week, Hondaat the Frankfurt Motor Show. But because waiting is for chumps, Honda's already giving out details on its greener crossover.
TheHybrid may not be shown off until next week, but we already know a fair bit about it. From an aesthetics standpoint, the CR-V Hybrid is pretty similar to the regular CR-V, save for some different wheels and all the "Hybrid" badges scattered about the body.
Under the skin lies a system similar to what we'll see on theHybrid. A 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle gas engine mates to two electric motors, one of which generates motion, with the other acting as a motor-generator to help keep the battery topped off. It has a single fixed-ratio gear instead of a CVT or traditional torque-converter automatic transmission.
Like other hybrids, it can be driven in EV-only mode, but a smaller battery likely limits its all-electric range. Hybrid Drive mode keeps the car acting like any other hybrid on the road, and an Engine Drive mode uses the electric motor to give the gas engine a "boost" when it needs the maximum available power.
Bear in mind, this only applies to the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid. There is still no official confirmation that this model will come to the US, but given the similarity to the Accord Hybrid, which will be available here, I have no doubt that Honda will eventually bring the CR-V Hybrid stateside. It's really just a matter of when that will be.