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Honda Announces Price, Specs For CR-V Hybrid Version

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The Honda CR-V hybrid model will have a starting price of £29,105 ($37,370) in the UK. Honda also announced the specs and features for the well-loved SUV’s hybrid version.

Under the hood, the CR-V hybrid version is powered by an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. This combines an electric motor, a 2.0-liter petrol engine, and a separate electric motor-generator that will deliver a total output of 181 horses and 315Nm of torque.

To reduce size and mass, the new system employs a single-fixed gear ratio instead of the conventional gearbox. Buyers can choose if they want a front- or a four-wheel drive.

The four-wheel-drive models start at £32,065 ($41,171) and can be as expensive as £37,255 ($47,835). The trim has a lineup made up of four specifications: S, SE, SR, and EX. The top-of-the-range versions will arrive with a heated steering wheel, head-up display, panoramic glass roof, leather and cruise control as standard.

As the first car in Honda’s lineup to use the new hybrid system, CR-V is pressured to show the rest of the world that the Japanese automaker is ready to move progressively towards a more environment-friendly development phase. The powertrain used in the hybrid version will automatically shuffle between these three driving modes—EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive—depending on the conditions and how the car is being driven.

The pure EB and hybrid driving modes are configured for low speed and urban driving, so don’t expect much. If you want more power, the petrol engine can kick in and put the wheels in motion. It is also used to deliver power to the electric motor and recharge the battery pack.

In official tests, the front-wheel drive achieves a 53.3 mpg rating while the four-wheel-drive model only has 51.4 mpg. Emission ratings are 120g/km for the front wheel drive model and 126g/km for the four-wheel drive.

BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid Gets XtraBoost Performance Mode

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BMW’s all-new second-generation 330e, the plug-in hybrid version of its 3 Series sedan, has been updated with the XtraBoost performance mode. The German automaker is set to unveil the updated 330e next summer in Europe before it hits the US soil.

The XtraBoost performance mode is capable of temporarily boosting the car’s output to 293 horsepower. That’s an improvement of 41 horsepower. The car’s updated system also extended its electronic-only range and improved fuel efficiency.

Previously called the 330e iPerformance, the current 330e combines power from a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 184 horsepower and an electric motor that can make 68 horses. Together, the combined system output is 252 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. That power is enough to launch the 330e to 62 mph from a complete standstill in just six seconds. It also has a top speed of 130 mph.

The engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

The addition of the XtraBoost performance will enable the electric motor to access up to 41 horsepower from the 12 kWH lithium-ion battery. It is able to maximize the charge status of the battery down to the lowest level. The XtraBoost kicks in when the driver activates the Sport mode switch.

The electric motor, which derives its power from regenerative braking or the power grid, alone can supply the car’s electrical system. The need for a generator which is powered by a combustion engine is then negated, allowing the car to run on full electric power. The electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed transmission to save space while the fuel tank is mounted above the rear axle. This creates a roomier cargo space.

According to BMW, the electric-only capacity of the 330e has also been improved to just over 37 miles (60 km). It can run on electric-only speeds up to 68 mph.

Though BMW said that fuel economy is improved by 10 percent, we have to wait for official EPA fuel-economy ratings to be sure.

 

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