Honda has introduced a hybrid version to the 2020 CR-V lineup in the USA. This is the first electrified SUV from Honda in the US, and joins the Accord Hybrid and Insight as the third electrified Honda manufactured in the U.S.
While the rest of the series received some small design tweaks, as well as a new standard of driver assistance systems, Honda also dropped the 2.4 litre combustion version of the CR-V, leaving only a single ICE version of the SUV.
The new hybrid CR-V uses a similar powertrain setup to the Accord hybrid, combining a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder Atkinson engine with two electric motors. The combined output is 212 HP, with three different driving modes enabled. Delivery is expected to begin in 2020.
Production will take place in “Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant alongside CR-V and the Insight hybrid sedan. The company will invest $4.2 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid,” according to the manufacturer. The powertrain will be produced at the company’s two Ohio locations.
Senior vice president of Sales at Honda’s American office, Henio Arcangeli, added that the vehicle represents a further commitment to electrification technologies in the USA, coming at a time when the discussion about environmental regulations and standards in the USA seems to be heating up between the White House and individual states.
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