The 6th generation Honda CR-V, one of the very popular vehicles in the country since its introduction in the country in 1997, received a grandiose welcome as it was unwrapped by Honda Cars Philippines Inc. last week at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City.  

The all-new Honda CR-V 2.0 RS e:HEV E-CVT  is the first-ever e:HEV full hybrid system in the Honda’s aim of achieving carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050. It is Honda’s major step in its electrification journey and a perfect model in advanced safety and driving technologies, signifying Honda’s strong commitment to sustainable mobility solutions towards zero environmental impact.

The grand launch was attended by friends and partners from the media, bank and insurance, dealers and Honda car clubs, and also from the “Large Project Leaders” of both the All-New CR-V and the Honda CONNECT and it was simultaneously streamed via HCPI’s official Facebook page.  

“The Honda CR-V is an iconic nameplate globally and one of the SUV pioneers. It’s not just under the hood where the All-New Honda CR-V has innovations. This model also introduces the Honda CONNECT using smart telematics technology that allows a seamless connection of users with their cars via a smartphone application for an enhanced ownership experience,” said HCPI president Rie Miyake.

The system is a powerful combination of two electric motors – the traction motor and the generator motor. Those are then mated to a new four-cylinder, 2.0-liter Direct Injection Atkinson Cycle engine. The engine provides 148 PS and 183 Nm of torque, and the electric motors churning out 184PS and 335Nm of torque. While the motor operates throughout the low- to high-speed range, e:HEV relies on the gasoline engine alone for high-speed cruising. The e:HEV achieves a unique combination of environmental performance and driving pleasure that could not be achieved with an engine-only system.

The e:HEV is also a self-charging system. Through its regenerative braking system and traction motor, the system can harvest energy from braking and deceleration and recovers friction losses that would otherwise be unused. This helps extend the car’s electric power range and further optimize fuel economy. The battery can also be recharged with the help of the engine, serving as a generator to keep the electric drive system primed for action at a moment’s notice.

Honda also came out with the all-new Honda CR-V with a turbocharged gas engine – available in the 1.5 V Turbo CVT and 1.5 VX Turbo CVT AWD and it uses the 1.5-liter Direct Injection DOHC VTEC engine that blends power and economy. 

Honda VIPs included Eisuke Satoh, the all-new Honda CR-V development leader; Hirofumi Hanafusa, the all-new Honda CR-V engineering design development leader; Yasuhiro Kawano, the large project leader of Honda Connect; and top HCPI officials led Atty. Louie Soriano.

Pricing for the 3 variants are: 2.0RS e:HEV E-CVT – P2.59-million; 1.5 VX Turbo CVT AWD – P2.28-M; and 1.5 Turbo CVT – P2.1-M. 

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