Honda reveals new trio to boost buyer options with EV and hybrids

Honda's new ZR-V hybrid has a lot of interior space and load-carrying capacity

Eddie Cunningham

No sign of a Honda for a long time and then, like the proverbial 46A, three come along at the same time.

Here’s a snapshot of the new models.

The brand’s second electric vehicle is called the e:Ny1. (The first is the Honda e reviewed here a long time ago.)

The e:Ny1 is a compact SUV which, among other items, includes a new centre console, 15.1in touchscreen, multiple storage options and wireless charging.

The front-motor-driven platform – the chassis has been specially developed for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) – has an integrated power drive unit, electric motor and gearbox which generates 150kW. The under-floor battery can cover 412km on one charge and can boost from 10pc to 80pc in just 45 minutes.

Next up is the sixth generation of the popular CR-V which arrives later this year. There will be full hybrid (e:HEV) and plug-in (e:PHEV) powertrains. Both are driven/complemented by a two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

The e:PHEV is able to travel 82km in electric mode. The full hybrid CR-V has a lithium-ion battery and two compact, lightweight electric motors that combine with the petrol engine. The SUV is wider, longer and taller, with 16mm more rear legroom and 18pc more luggage capacity.

The new car is the first to include Honda SENSING 360, the company’s latest safety and driver-assist system.

The third Honda is the new ZR-V hybrid (pictured). Due from autumn, the mid-size SUV lines up with the HR-V and CR-V. The two-litre petrol engine works in tandem with two electric motors. Families will be glad to hear that the ZR-V has a lot of interior space and load-carrying capacity.