New 2018 Honda CR-V hybrid prototype previewed at Frankfurt

The prototype for the new Honda CR-V Hybrid has been revealed at Frankfurt. It shows clues for the new style set to feature on this model. The planned release for the new CR-V has yet to be announced but it will be at some point in 2018.

There are a handful of unique styling changes on the 'Hybrid Prototype' which will draw attention to its electrified powertrain. Beneath the skin, it boasts an all-new Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid setup, composed of an electric motor, a 2.0-litre petrol engine, plus a separate electric motor generator.

A conventional gearbox is replaced by a single-fixed gear ratio, in a bid to reduce weight and size. The system automatically shuffles between its three driving modes depending on conditions and how the car is being driven.

A pure EV mode and a hybrid drive setting are tuned for low speed and urban driving. The petrol engine can kick in to power the wheels on motorways but is also used to deliver power to the electric motor and recharge the battery pack.

Alongside the hybrid reveal, Honda have also announced that the European C-RV will be available with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission. There will be no diesel option in European markets.

Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting news which we expect will be released over the coming months.