Honda CR-V hybrid leads new line-up for VW Tiguan rival Honda is launching a hybrid variant of its CR-V for the first time; it is also ditching diesel from the range Honda will launch a hybrid version of its CR-V SUV next year as part of a new line-up for the model. Showing at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show the CR-V Hybrid Prototype is a precursor to the production model that will go on sale in mid-2018. The Hybrid Prototype also shows the new styling of the broader CR-V line-up for the first time in Europe. The fifth-generation CR-V which rivals the Volkswagen Tiguan will first go on sale with Hondas 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine with a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. The hybrid powertrain will be introduced later. Honda has ditched a diesel engine option for the model in Europe explaining that the move was because the focus of its “RD activity investment and expertise is away from diesel and towards electrification. The first example of which is the launch of new CR-V”. It added: “From this point onwards all new Honda models launched in Europe will feature electrified technology.” The new hybrid has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors one electric propulsion motor and one electric generator motor – fitted with a single fixed-gear ratio all of which Honda said creates a seamless feeling of power and torque. No power figures have yet been provided. It uses a system called Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive. This Honda claims determines how to use fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way meaning drivers do not need to adjust between the three driving modes: EV Drive Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. The new CR-V is wider taller and longer than the previous version. It has thinner A-pillars and a larger wheel and tyre combination. There are also sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters and the nose adopts the latest Honda family look with its signature headlight graphic. No pricing has been announced. The outgoing entry-level petrol CR-V costs 23475. We expect the new model to be slightly more expensive with an additional premium for the hybrid variant. Honda has previously sold two hybrid models in the UK: the Insight and the CR-Z neither of which are still on sale. The CR-V Hybrid is the first time the manufacturer has offered a hybrid in an SUV. Read more: Honda CR-V review Honda Civic Type R review Britain’s best affordable driver’s car: BMW M140i versus Honda Civic Type R Credit to/ Read More : ift.tt/2gAUu5b This post brought to you by : ift.tt/2teiXF5 Dont Keep It Share It !!