Despite the landmark new engine option, Honda had little in the way of details to share about the newest CR-V revealing only a 2.0-litre engine under the bonnet and a two-motor hybrid system adapted from the Accord Hybrid, with no confirmation of power, torque or fuel consumption figures at the car’s unveiling.
While China, and likely North America, are to be targeted as prime candidates for the CR-V hybrid, Australia will miss out.
Honda’s hybrid history began in Australia in 2001 when it was the first company to bring a hybrid vehicle to market with the Insight, however that model, and hybrid offered since, have failed to ignite buyer interest.
Locally the Civic sedan, Jazz hatch, and CR-Z coupe have been given the hybrid treatment in the past, and a relaunched five-door Insight has also been tried with little success. More recently the 'Sport Hybrid' label has been applied to Accord Sport Hybrid, but it too has been withdrawn from sale.
Honda’s Hybrid expertise in Australia is now strictly limited to the NSX supercar, which gains its stellar performance from electric assistance, rather than a purely ‘green’ hybrid system.
Overseas buyers have access to hybrid versions of the current generation Jazz and HR-V small SUV, both of which have been ruled out for the time being by Honda Australia boss Stephen Collins though he hasn’t entirely ruled out a return of the Jazz and Civic hybrids.
If Honda were to change its tune on the CR-V hybrid for Australia, it would be somewhat unique model, with only the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid offering a similar drivetrain system. The regular 2017 Honda CR-V range is set to launch in Australia in the third quarter of 2017.
Note: North American CR-V shown.
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