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Honda Adds a New Hybrid Version to the CR-V for 2020

Honda has updated the CR-V crossover for the 2020 model year.

A new Honda CR-V Hybrid will join the model lineup in early 2020. It will be the third electrified Honda made in the U.S., after the Accord and Insight. Honda will built this hybrid-electric version at the plant in Greensburg, Indiana.

The upgrades include fresh front and rear part styling, new exterior colors, re-designed wheels, revised center console. The Honda Sensing suite of safety and drive assist technologies becomes standard now.

Non-hybrid vehicles have a 1.5-liter 190-hp VTEC engine with turbocharging available before only in EX and above trims. It combines with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic.

There are front- or all-wheel drive choices. Fuel efficiency is 26 / 32 mpg (city / highway).

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid receives an advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain, the same as in the current Accord Hybrid. It is the first Honda’s vehicle in the USA with all-wheel drive applied to such kind of powertrain.

It comprises a pair of electric motors and an efficient 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC Atkinson-cycle engine enabling a long enough electric-only driving range. Such a system needs no conventional automatic transmission to deliver power.

The compact intelligent power unit (IPU) includes a hybrid battery pack and its controls. It is mounted under the cargo floor.

The combined power output is 212 hp vs 190 hp on the regular CR-V. Moreover, the Honda CR-V Hybrid is 50% more efficient, if to compare EPA city fuel economy rates.

The 2019 Honda CR-V starting retail price is from $24,450.

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