The new HR-V with a hybrid powertrain; It is preparing to win the appreciation of users for the SUV segment by creating an ideal balance between fuel economy, low emission values and dynamic driving performance. Honda, which has been working on hybrid engines for more than 20 years and also includes engineering teams that develop hybrid engines for Formula 1®, plans to switch to electric with its basic models in Europe by the end of 2022. In the Honda e:HEV system, three different driving modes are available for optimum performance in both city and highway driving. It automatically switches between three driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.
The new compact SUV model HR-V, which will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2021 and represents the latest step in Honda’s ‘Electric Vision Strategy’, which aims to have all models electric or hybrid by the end of 2022, is an advanced e:HEV hybrid powertrain. It will have a transmission system. The e:HEV hybrid technology was developed by Honda engineers, drawing on the engineering experience of the Formula 1 Hybrid Power Unit program’s motorsport team to deliver a high level of energy efficiency. In the new HR-V e:HEV, Honda brings the hybrid powertrain to the compact SUV segment, bringing a new balance of efficiency and performance to a highly competitive class.
With the Insight, the first model released as a result of Honda’s hybrid technology development efforts, in 1999 Honda became the world leader in hybrid technology. This model, which offers the first hybrid solution sold in Europe; It included the Integrated Engine Assist (IMA) system, which was powered by an internal combustion engine and provided electromotor support and brake energy recovery to increase acceleration and reduce fuel consumption when necessary. For many years, Honda engineers continued to develop hybrid technology; The developed e:HEV system is now used in the Jazz, CR-V, and the new HR-V, as well as the upcoming 11th generation Civic.
The e:HEV powertrain of the new generation HR-V produces 253 Nm of torque and a total power of 96 kW (131 PS). In the hybrid system, which provides efficient fuel economy with 122 g/km (WLTP) CO2 emissions and 5.4 lt/100 km (WLTP) fuel consumption, the HR-V’s 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time is completed in 10.6 seconds. The latest model to join the e:HEV family after the CR-V and Jazz, the new HR-V will only be available with a hybrid powertrain. The new HR-V combines the responsive performance and efficiency of an electric vehicle with the usability and flexibility of traditional combustion engine vehicles, delivering a fluid, comfortable and lively experience in a variety of driving conditions.
e:HEV: low emissions and agile performance
e:HEV hybrid powertrain; It consists of a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear powertrain connected to an intelligent power control unit. The e:HEV, the powertrain used in the new HR-V, offers the best fuel economy and acceleration values in its class in the Jazz. As Honda’s representative HR-V, which draws attention with its design in the SUV segment, has a larger size than the Jazz, the number of cells has been increased from 48 to 60 in order to store sufficient electrical energy in the model. Despite the larger battery cell size, the usage area is not compromised thanks to Honda’s advanced engineering solutions; At the same time, the gear ratio between the electric motor and the wheels has been reduced for a more agile acceleration feel and to improve the dynamic performance of the HR-V. While there is much less resistance in the fixed gear transmission, which is used instead of a traditional power transmission system; In this way, Honda’s highly efficient system consumes less energy in city driving and offers a higher total electric driving time ratio compared to other hybrid systems on sale today.
In the Honda e:HEV system, three different driving modes are available for optimum performance in both city and highway driving. The Intelligent Electronic Control Unit automatically switches between three driving modes, EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive, in order to offer the most efficient driving to its users, depending on the road and environmental conditions.
System; While providing the most efficient option in constant high-speed driving conditions such as highways, it switches to Engine Drive mode; In case of instant acceleration requirements, the system switches to Hybrid Drive mode and offers additional performance with the power of the electric motor. In addition, the power from the gasoline engine-powered generator in Hybrid Drive mode charges the battery and provides an efficiency advantage. While drivers can switch between driving modes with a single button, almost imperceptible to passengers; “Normal” driving mode optimally balances the car’s performance and efficiency. “Sport” mode provides sharper throttle response; “Eco” mode focuses on fuel efficiency, adjusting the air conditioning system and throttle response. On the other hand, drivers can activate the B function via the transmission to have an experience similar to driving an electric vehicle. The level of energy recovery and the associated deceleration intensity can be adjusted by the driver via the grips behind the steering wheel.