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Honda CR-V becomes hybrid-only

Honda has dropped the non-hybrid powertrain option from its CR-V and has revised the model for 2021.

It now wears e:HEV badging, to align it the other hybrid models in the Honda line-up, and features a number of revisions and styling tweaks.

The change means that the CR-V is no longer available with seven-seats.

There’s a new silver finish applied to key visual elements on the centre console, doors cards and dashboard accents. Other updates include a new 18-inch alloy wheel design for all grades and privacy glass from SE models upwards. The range topping EX grade CR-V also gains wireless smartphone charging for improved connectivity.

Mechanically, the CR-V retains Honda's i-MMD hybrid powertrain technology, which is built around two electric motors, an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, and an innovative fixed-gear transmission.

On the WLTP combined cycle, this fuel-efficient hybrid system produces CO2 emissions of just 151g/km and fuel economy of 42.2mpg on front-wheel drive models, and 161g/km and 39.2mpg for all-wheel drive models.

The suspension and steering has been retuned to improve handling and low-speed manoeuvrability.

Rebecca Stead, head of automobile at Honda UK, commented: “The CR-V is such an iconic part of Honda’s range and history it is only fitting that the revised 2021 model is ready to take on a changing and challenging market place, equipped with the latest technologies and equipment to make consumer’s lives that little bit easier.”

The Honda CR-V e:HEV will be available from the start of December, priced from £30,180.

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