American Honda had an important 2023 within the US, the place it offered 1.3 million items of Hondas and Acuras, up 33% year-on-year as manufacturing stabilised and pandemic-era logistics challenges eased. The gross sales goal for this 12 months is 1.3 million items for Honda and 150,000 items for premium model Acura, which is 10-15% greater in comparison with 2023’s complete.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid ended 2023 as the general best-selling hybrid car within the US. American Honda stated that gross sales quantity for the electrified sixth-generation CR-V exceeded expectations, reaching 197,317 items for the 12 months. Unveiled in July 2022, North American manufacturing of the brand new CR-V began later that 12 months, which means 2023 would have been the mannequin’s first full 12 months of gross sales.
In Malaysia, we’re getting the CR-V with a hybrid powertrain for the primary time with this technology. Launched in December, the CR-V e:HEV RS worth was just lately introduced to be RM195,900 on-the-road with out insurance coverage.
That makes the RS hybrid RM14k costlier than the best pure ICE variant, the 1.5L Turbo V AWD at RM181,900. The 1.5L Turbo E is priced at RM169,900 whereas the bottom 1.5L Turbo S begins the vary at RM159,900. The primary 750 items of the S is being offered for RM157,900 to have a good time 20 years of CKD manufacturing of the CR-V in Malaysia.
The hybrid is powered by an Clever Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system just like that seen on the Civic e:HEV RS, combining the workings of an electrical motor and petrol engine. The latter is a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, which acts primarily as a generator.
By itself, the ICE affords 148 PS and 190 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Whereas the engine can present direct drive – through a lock-up clutch – at greater speeds for higher effectivity, it’s the electrical motor that does a lot of the hauling work. The e-motor develops 184 PS and 335 Nm from zero to 2,000 rpm, the latter being 20 Nm greater than on the Civic Hybrid.
Like with the Civic vary, the e:HEV is the quickest to 100 km/h right here, with a time of 9.0 seconds (base S is subsequent quickest at 9.7 seconds). It appears to be like racier than the remainder too; RS trim brings with it badging, roof rails, physique color trim to interchange the SUV’s black plastic, black facet mirror covers and an lively shutter grille. The 18-inch alloys are in gloss black they usually have resonators to suppress highway noise.
As for e:HEV RS-exclusive package, there’s a ten.25-inch digital instrument show, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, head-up show, key card and Adaptive Driving Beam for the LED headlights. For extra on the brand new CR-V, learn our launch report and first drive report.
American Honda’s 2024 outlook launch stated that the model will start gross sales of two zero-emissions automobiles in 2024 – the Prologue SUV, which was jointly-developed with GM, and the CR-V Gas Cell Automobile (FCEV). The latter will probably be North America’s first manufacturing car to mix a plug-in function with FCEV know-how in a single mannequin. Simply whenever you thought that Honda has deserted gas cell to give attention to typical BEVs, attention-grabbing.
GALLERY: 2024 Honda CR-V 2.0L e:HEV RS
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