2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid goes sporty, angles for half of sales

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Honda has stated that the Honda CR-V Hybrid performs a key position in its electrified-vehicle plans and with a redesigned CR-V lineup revealed Tuesday, we now have a greater concept how. 

With the intention to make CR-V Hybrid gross sales about 50% of annual CR-V gross sales, hybrid variations of the CR-V are actually solid because the sporty fashions within the lineup, with Sport and Sport Touring trims now hybrid-only, whereas EX and EX-L variations go together with the non-hybrid 1.5-liter turbo-4.

Honda has upped the output in hybrid variations to 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque—versus 212 hp and 232 lb-ft within the outgoing model—with a brand new fourth-generation model of its two-mode hybrid system. 

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring

Honda first rolled out a CR-V Hybrid for 2020, and the hybrid system, as we have reported, already introduced a extra electrical driving expertise versus some hybrid options.

Honda’s hybrid system basically runs the CR-V Hybrid as a sequence hybrid in most conditions, utilizing the motor system to propel the automobile whereas utilizing the gasoline engine to generate electrical energy. Then in some cruising circumstances the system can clutch the engine to the drive wheels at a tall ratio. With adjustments on the 2023 model, the electrical motor system can now additionally function at as much as 115 mph—versus 86 mph earlier than—and all through the lineup the CR-V will get a retuned model of its all-wheel-drive system that may now ship as much as 50% of torque to the rear wheels. The CR-V Hybrid requires a propshaft to show the rear wheels, whereas another fashions such because the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid make use of a separate motor in again.

The corporate hasn’t but revealed gasoline financial system numbers for the brand new CR-V hybrid, however don’t dismiss the potential of improved mpg. Even with the sportier emphasis, a lift in main motor torque might develop the vary of electric-only operation in a approach that pays off in simpler going driving kinds.

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Honda CR-V

In a brand new configuration, Honda mounts the hybrid system’s two motors facet by facet, permitting the usage of a bigger propulsion motor with elevated torque. Detailed specs for the system haven’t but been launched, however direct injection has been added for the Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4. 

Honda’s suspension and steering updates promise a extra fun-to-drive CR-V this time round. Variable-ratio steering and the strut entrance suspension are collectively mounted to a stiffer entrance subframe, with a multi-link rear suspension on a subframe in again that’s retuned with the next spring charge. 

In any other case, the CR-V grows bigger as soon as once more and that is certainly one of Honda’s extra radical redesigns of this compact-crossover mainstay that’s advanced in matches and begins over its 25 years. Right here, it grows 2.7 inches in size and 1.6 inches in wheelbase versus the outgoing model—now at 184.8 inches and 106.3 inches, respectively, and has a barely wider observe. Honda says the entire physique construction is 15 % stiffer (torsionally). 

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Honda CR-V

Due to a “radical repositioning” of windshield pillars, the CR-V beneficial properties each a sportier look and improved visibility, in accordance with Honda. The entrance pillars particularly are pulled a number of inches rearward, outward, and down, which requires a sportier roofline, and facet mirrors go door-mounted. 

CR-V fashions get bigger commonplace touchscreen techniques—7.0 inches in EX or Sport, 9.0 inches in EX-L or Sport Touring, with the bigger system now including a quantity knob, wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 15-watt Qi wi-fi gadget charging. The Sport Touring additionally now contains 12-speaker Bose premium audio. 

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Honda CR-V

On the lookout for a CR-V plug-in hybrid? Unlikely. That’s as a result of the Honda Prologue electrical SUV is on the way in which by early 2024—when, with the ramp-up of hybrids, Honda’s lineup can be wanting much more electrified. 

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