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September 28, 2020

This 2021 Honda CR-V Can Do a Shocking 90.9 km/L

Honda has decided to debut their first-ever plug-in hybrid model, the CR-V PHEV at Auto China (Beijing Auto Show).

Utilizing technology from their two-motor Sport Hybrid i-MMD system, Honda has made further improvements to the battery’s efficiency and converter system to realize “the most EV-like feel.”

Compared to the CR-V Hybrid which is on sale in markets such as Japan and North America, the CR-V PHEV is slightly longer and wider (likely due to China-specific side mirrors and bumpers), and lower. It weighs a portly 2,398 kilograms on the standard 235/60R18 wheels and tires.

As for powertrain, the CR-V PHEV uses a new engine code: LFB13. The closest engine code to this one is the Accord Hybrid’s LFB1. It’s likely that they share the same basic architecture, except that for the CR-V PHEV, it can actually be charged using a conventional home power outlet.

The CR-V PHEV pairs a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor making 143-horsepower with a 90-horsepower electric motor. All in all, it produces a healthy 181-horsepower—figures comparable with the CR-V Turbo. Critics will be quick to note that these outputs are down from the Hybrid’s 212 horsepower. But while it loses in outright grunt, the CR-V PHEV can do 90.9 km/L (1.1 liters per 100 km) based on Honda’s claims.

Currently, Honda has confirmed that the CR-V PHEV will go on sale in China in January 2021. No word if they will expand the offering to other markets as well.

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