The best-selling Honda’s model in North America brings an electrified version. That’s right, 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring is almost ready to hit the streets. The company will release its first-ever US-made CRV- Hybrid as mid-cycle refreshment for the popular CR-V model.
The Japanese automaker will use almost the same design language for the Hybrid CR-V. The recognizable grille, light lenses, and the elegant integration of the fog light into the front bumper will be the focal points of the whole exterior. Of course, expect to see the ‘Hybrid’ badging, with a blue honda shield in the grille.
Under the hood is a combination of two electric motors and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The total output os this setup will be 212 hp. The price will probably come close to the $40K mark, while the release date is scheduled for the first quartal of 2020.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring Styling
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring will have many things in common with the regular version. For example, the first thing you are going to recognize is Honda’s prominent grille. For the Hybrid model, the grille is chromed, so there’s no chance to miss it on the streets. Moreover, the front bumper is remodeled a bit, to establish a more appealing and clean look.
Besides, the curved edges of the hood provide a subtle touch of more modern exterior language. Same as the gas-powered Touring, the hybrid will come on 18-inch wheels. The 19-inch Black Alloy wheels are optional.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring comes with a unique push-button gear selector, which is a far better form of the layout that you’ll find in the Honda Accord or Pilot. Inside the vehicle’s cabin, the brand-new selector is surrounded by drive mode buttons (ECO, EV, and Sport). As a result, is application liberates spaces for wireless smartphone charging surfaces.
Moreover, the CR-V Hybrid Touring owns a new digital instrument screen, with all of the necessary info like power/charge status. The upcoming model offers a pair of paddle shifters that act like on and of switches for deceleration. If the driver activates the left paddle, it increases the quantity of regenerative braking from the motor when decelerating. This handy feature was used for the first time in the Cadillac ELR.
The center console is redesigned as well, with the same bins available in all CR-V versions. The Hybrid Touring infotainment system goes through a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Also, the infotainment system can be complemented with an in-house navigation setup. The standard equipment package includes dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, rear USB charging ports, and heated front seats with power adjustments.
Honda Sensing and Safety Features
Honda Sensing Suite of safety is standard on every CR-V model. For 2020 Hybrid Touring consists of Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM). The CMBS brings your vehicle to a stop by automatically applying brake pressure when the system determines that the frontal collision is inevitable. LKAS subtly adjusts steering to help the vehicle stay centered in a detected lane.
Next, the ACC helps the driver to maintain a set following interval behind recognized cars for highway driving. Lastly, the RDM can determine if the vehicle is over the detected line without signaling while providing steering assistance to help in returning to the lane.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring Engine
Under the bonnet of 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring will be a simple two-motor hybrid engine, the same as in the Accord Hybrid. This setup combines a pair of electric motors with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. The hybrid combination generates a total output of 212 horsepower. Still, the EPA hasn0t announced the fuel economy rating yet.
However, Honda believes that the hybrid will increase fuel economy to 50 percent over the regular CR-V Touring. With that said, we expect a rating of 42 mpg in the city. If this is true, Honda’s hybrid will have a single mpg more than the EPA’s evaluation of Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
Furthermore, the battery pack and its control system are under the cargo floor, so the cargo space remains intact. The battery pack includes an 8-year limited warranty. Hybrid Touring comes with Honda’s two-motor AWD system. The AWD system allows a shift of power from the electric motor to the rear wheels via the activation of an electronic clutch. The regular CR-V versions will use the same turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder drivetrain that produces 190 hp.
Release Date and Price
The CR-V is the second-best-selling CUV in the States. The regular 2020 version will bring a lot of design changes and improvements. Hybrid Touring will only reinforce the resale value of Honda’s models. But, at the moment, the official prices are still unknown.
The regular version of 2020 Touring comes for $33,200, including $1,050 of destination charge. So, expect that the hybrid will comes close to the $40K mark. The gas-powered CR-V will be available by the end of the year, while the hybrid arrives in the Q1 of 2020.