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New Honda CR-V PHEV 2021 detailed: Plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander and Ford Escape rival charges up

The CR-V PHEV has the Outlander PHEV and Escape PHEV firmly in its sights.

Honda has revealed a plug-in hybrid version of its mid-size SUV, with the aptly named CR-V PHEV debuting at the Beijing motor show.

The location of the CR-V PHEV’s unveiling is key, as China is the only market that’s getting the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Ford Escape PHEV rival – so far – with it to go on sale there in January.

Honda Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the company doesn't have any plans for the CR-V PHEV, but it has previously promised the local CR-V line-up will add a ‘self-charging’ CR-V Hybrid when it enters its next generation in at least two years' time.

While Honda is yet to fully detailed the CR-V PHEV, it has confirmed it uses a development of its original two-motor hybrid system, Sport Hybrid i-MMD, with upgrades all-but-confirmed to include a larger battery with support for plug-in charging.

Given the current-generation CR-V Hybrid available in several markets uses an earlier version of Sport Hybrid i-MMD, it’s likely the CR-V PHEV combines an electric motor with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine running on the Atkinson cycle.

The SUV e:concept is a sleek three-door, but expect two rear doors to be added to the series-production model. The SUV e:concept is a sleek three-door, but expect two rear doors to be added to the series-production model.

Also heading exclusively to China is a series-production model based on the SUV e:concept, Honda’s answer to the Nissan Ariya and Ford Mustang Mach-E, which was previewed at the Beijing motor show, too.

While the SUV e:concept is a sleek three-door, expect two rear doors to be added to the series-production model, which will feature Honda’s new omnidirectional advanced driver-assist systems with “improved recognition, prediction and decision-making performance”.