Jonathan Burn

2018-02-28 08:00

The all-new Honda CR-V is already on sale in the US, but now the European spec model has been revealed

Honda CR-V - front

This is the all-new Honda CR-V. And if you think its look familiar you’d be right – the model has been on sale in America for almost 12 months and we’ve already been behind the wheel. 

However, this is the production version of the European model that we’ll be able to get our hands on in the autumn. It comes with a new hybrid engine option and seven seats for the first time – but only if you go for the standard petrol. 

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Honda calls the new hybrid system Intelligent Multi Drive (i-MMD), and it comprises a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors. 

Rather feed its power via a conventional gearbox, the i-MMD system makes use of a compact single fixed gear ratio in a bid to reduce cost, weight and complexity. 

Honda CR-V - rear

Auto Express drove a prototype version of the powertrain last year and engineers have promised almost diesel levels of fuel economy from the petrol-electric powertrain. 

As well as the hybrid system, the 1.5 VTEC turbo petrol engine from the Civic will be . It can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or the option of a CVT automatic . Both versions of the SUV are front-wheel drive as standard, but customers will be able to spec the CR-V with four-wheel drive as an option. 

The cabin also features a of and design from the latest Civic. A centrally mounted seven-inch display sits above simplified controls. Honda also says that because the wheelbase has been stretched, the new CR-V is now more practical than before, while the optional third row of seats is hidden beneath the boot floor.

Read our new Honda CR-V prototype review right here…

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