As announced Wednesday by Honda Motor Company President and CEO Mr Takahiro Hachigo, 2017 Honda Accord and CR-V SUV, the best selling SUV in North America will come to market with a turbocharged engine option.
Regardless of the present unrealistically low pump price of unleaded gasoline, those in the know, Including the research guys at A.H.M.C., realize that when it comes to commodities, what goes down, must go back up to maintain the market momentum. And then there’s that C.A.R.B. target of sooner than later ZERO exhaust particulates emissions -- all pointing to a super low emissions, high to no fuel efficiency future,
Honda Motors fully intends to meet or beat the emissions target by averaging near zero emissions achieved through the implementation of small displacement, high output turbocharged engines, as found in the all new 2016 Civic Coupe. Also promised by president Hachigo is stateside delivery of the manufactured in Japan 2017 Accord gasoline/electric hybrid -- my personal favorite Accord.
The advantage to the consumer is two fold: Higher engine performance, greater fuel efficiency -- something that Honda continues to do very well.You may read Mr. Hachigo’s statement here.
And then there’s the timely launch of the next generation Clarity FCEV. (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) It’s all going to happen, first in Tokyo, then in Los Angeles. As I said, sooner than later. What’s even a bit more exciting for this gearhead is the Honda, General Motors co-development of the next generation fuel cell generator. GM’s looking to 500,000 units on the road in the next decade.
According to Honda, by the target year 2030, 70 % of the Honda Fleet will be electrified, in one way or another. I’m looking to plug in electric vehicles to comprise most of the fleet. Presently, less than 5% of all Honda offerings are electrified.
Will 2017 Honda CR-V be electrified?
While there’s talk of a possible hybrid 2017 CR-V making it to North America, I doubt it. Looking to present CR-V average MPG, the highest in the compact class crossover segment, utilizing the 1.5 Liter turbocharged Earth Dreams ™ VTEC gasoline engine for 2017 CR-V motivation would not only increase CR-V horsepower and torque specifications, but most likely increase fuel efficiency by a percentage point or two.