Those who expect a new Honda CR-V Hybrid They shouldn’t wait too long CR-V production begins in North America. The Canadian plant Sling is the first to produce the new CR-V, while Indiana and Ohio will do the same in the coming months.
For Honda, this is crucial with the CR-V being the best-selling crossover in USA during the last 25 years. It could also be an important model in the brand’s electrification plans, placing hope in the CR-V Hybrid to drive change at home.
CR-V production begins in North America
The CR-V Hybrid 2023 follows the standard ICE version in production, but is expected to account for 50% of all sales of CR-V. As such, the Hybrid is an essential piece of the American strategy of SlingIn addition, the Japanese manufacturer is betting that it will take customers into the era of electric cars.
When the 2024 Prologue EV was revealed, it was announced that the company expects customers of the CR-V Hybrid be the first to make the switch, so much so that shorter two-year leases will be offered, in time for hybrid drivers to join the electric crossover developed with GM.
Clement D’Souza, Senior Vice President of HCM, said, “Knowing the importance that the hybrid CR-V will play in our overall electrification strategy, this is a proud moment for the Honda of Canada Mfg. as we lead the start of global production of the hybrid CR-V.”
A new electrified powertrain
The models CR-V Sport Y Sport Touring They will be powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder mated to a pair of electric motors. It is said that the three plants responsible for CR-V production in North America (Canada, Indiana and Ohio) worked in collaboration with Anna Engine Plant (AEP) and Honda Transmission Plant in Ohio (TMP-O).
The gasoline engine of CR-V Hybrid is the first unit Sling that combines high-pressure direct injection with multi-stage injection for cleaner combustion. It is the largest cylinder head ever made by AEP, and the engine requires new sound insulation which is applied to the engine in three different places.
Regarding the transmission, the TMP-O associates had to prepare for a greater production both for the CR-V 2023 as for the next new Accord. There was also an increase in parts sourced from local suppliers, with 80 parts ordered, compared to 20 for the outgoing transmission.
Finally, the hybrid motors themselves have changed their design, passing from coaxial motors to a system of two motors with parallel shafts. Also new are the high and low speed lock-up ratios, which, combined with the other changes, improve fuel mileage and driving feel, making for a more relaxed driving environment at highway speeds.
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