Honda scatters diesel and brings Frankfurt a hybrid CR-V without gearboxAutomotive News
The Japanese manufacturer unveils its new toddler CR-V in a hybrid version that has a gasoline engine, an electric motor and an electric motor-generator
The most striking technical aspect of the new model is that it lacks a proper gearbox
The new scoop accompanies the announcement that all Honda models will turn their back on diesel engines in European markets
The Japanese manufacturer Honda is presented at the imminent Frankfurt Motor Show, which takes place between 14 and 24 September, with a novelty (among others) that supposes all a warning for sailors as far as the future of the diesel mechanics is concerned . It will unveil its new CR-V todocamino in a hybrid version that, by itself, would not represent an outstanding first not to be because the mark is accompanied by the announcement that all its models will now have electrified variants and will turn their backs on the engines of diesel in European markets.
Therefore, the range of the Japanese medium-sized SUV that will be on sale in 2018 will be composed only of a petrol engine 1.5 VTEC Turbo, already known of the Civic although in this case the exact figure of power, and the hybrid is not known. This will be coupled to a CVT continuous drive change and that can be combined well with the CVT, or a six-speed manual transmission, as in the Civic.
The CR-V Prototype consists of a 2.0-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine and two electric motors.
The CR-V Hybrid’s i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system is composed of an atmospheric 2.0-liter VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, an electric motor and an electric motor-generator directly fed by the combustion engine The combined power of the set could exceed 200 horses, if we take care of the one developed by the hybrid Accord that is marketed in the United States.
The most striking aspect of the new model is that it lacks a proper gearbox. We explain: during conventional driving, the gasoline engine turns solidly with the electric generator, which provides energy to both the battery and the electric motor, and this is the one that is responsible for turning the wheels of the car through a fixed gear ratio. In other words, there is no direct connection between the gasoline engine and the wheels, as in a Toyota Prius hybrid.
The car has the driving programs: EV Drive, in which the propulsion engine obtains the energy exclusively from the batteries and therefore does not produce emissions; Hybrid Drive, where the gasoline engine propels the electric generator and feeds the electric motor, so that excess energy is used to charge the battery; and Engine Drive, which uses the thermal engine directly, for more demanding situations, and can count on the supplementary support of the electric motor if the power demand is maximum.
The CR-V Hybrid prototype retains the lines of the world’s best-selling SUV.
All transitions between modes of driving are performed by the vehicle on its own, without driver intervention, to ensure maximum efficiency at all times. Bridging the distances, the technology mounted on the CR-V is reminiscent of the Koenigsegg Regera hybrid system, an extreme supercar that also gives up the gearbox as we know it to this day.
Pedro Umbert EL DIARIO 09/08/2017