New CR-V to fea­ture hy­brid, but no diesel

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HONDA WILL OF­FER a petrol­elec­tric hy­brid ver­sion of its CR-V when the new SUV goes on sale next year, but diesel vari­ants will be axed as part of the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer’s shift to­wards elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

The new vari­ant is pre­viewed by a con­cept named the CR-V Hy­brid Pro­to­type, which has been un­veiled at this week’s Frank­furt mo­tor show. The Hy­brid Pro­to­type also shows the new styling of the CR-V for the first time in Europe.

Honda’s VW Tiguan ri­val will ini­tially be of­fered with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol en­gine and a choice of either a six-speed man­ual gear­box or a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT).

The hy­brid ver­sion will be in­tro­duced later in 2018 and use a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine and two electric mo­tors – one to pro­pel the car and the other to act as an electric gen­er­a­tor.

The hy­brid CR-V will be ca­pa­ble of driv­ing on either electric or petrol power, or a com­bi­na­tion of both. The SUV will au­to­mat­i­cally shuffle be­tween the three modes with­out in­put from the driver.

OF­FI­CIAL PIC­TURE Hy­brid Pro­to­type shows how the new CR-V, due in 2018, will look

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