Honda's new hybrid CR-V SUV will emit from 120g/km when it goes on sale in October.
The car features Intelligent Multi-Mode (i-MMD) technology, consisting of two electric motors, a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a direct transmission.
Maximum output is 184PS with 315Nm of torque.
Front-wheel-drive models emit 120g/km and return an average 53.3mpg. All-wheel-drive versions emit 126g/km and can achieve 51.4mpg
Instead of using a conventional transmission, a single fixed gear ratio creates a direct connection between moving components. Honda says this results in a smoother transfer of torque.
The i-MMD technology automatically switches between three driving modes:
- EV Drive: this draws energy from the battery to power the electric propulsion motor and drive the wheels (with the petrol engine turned off)
- Hybrid Drive: the petrol engine powers a second motor/generator that supplements electrical energy from the battery pack
- Engine Drive: a lock-up clutch mechanism creates a direct connection between the petrol engine and the wheels.
In most urban driving situations, the CR-V Hybrid will automatically transition between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency.
In Hybrid Drive, excess power from the petrol engine can also be diverted to recharge the battery via the generator motor.
The Engine Drive mode is the most efficient set-up for high-speed highway cruising.
At a moderate cruise, the CR-V Hybrid will typically run in EV Drive for more than half of the time, while at faster speeds, the car will be in EV Drive for approximately one third of the time.
The control software of the i-MMD system will constantly decide when to shuffle between these modes to maximise efficiency dependent on the situation and environment, without input from the driver.
Production of the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid for European markets is set to start in October 2018, with the first customer deliveries in early 2019.