Honda’s first hybrid SUV for the US is the 2020 CR-V

This also represents the first US-bound all-wheel drive car to make use of Honda’s two-motor hybrid tech. If you’re struggling for traction, the CR-V Hybrid will have the electric motor power the rear wheels. And yes, you can operate in a pure EV mode — it’s not clear for how long, but you might not feel guilty about driving an SUV for short stints.

The technology inside will likely be familiar, but welcome. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available through a 7-inch touchscreen, and the Touring trim level comes standard with a Qi pad to wirelessly charge your phone. Honda Sensing is standard and introduces collision mitigation braking (including pedestrian sensing), road and lane departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control. You’ll also have options for blind spot info, rear cross traffic monitoring and automatic high beams.

You’ll have to be patient. While the regular CR-V goes on sale in the fall, the hybrid won’t be ready until early 2020. Pricing is also an unknown at this stage. Nonetheless, this could be a huge coup for Honda. The CR-V is about as mainstream as it gets for the brand’s US presence (it even outsold the Civic in 2018), and the promise of better mileage may be hard to resist — this could be the first taste of hybrid tech for many Americans.

Deep dive: Brian’s Mitsubishi Eclipse from “The Fast and the Furious” – Motor Authority

The walking Wikipedia page that is Craig Lieberman is back, and this time he has more information than you could imagine on one of the star cars from “The Fast and the Furious.”

Although Brian O’Connor’s (Paul Walker’s) Mitsubishi Eclipse didn’t have as prominent a role as other cars, it’s still one of the original hero cars. If you’ve watched the other videos that are part of Lieberman’s video series, you know these cars really weren’t what the producers made them out to be. Any enthusiast with a little knowledge also knows the Eclipse (with technology and parts from 2001) would not run with Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel‘s) Mazda RX-7.

Yet, O’Connor was the film’s hero and he needed a hero car. In the video above, Lieberman breaks down where the car came from and what modifications it featured. The car was the only Eclipse to show up to one of Lieberman’s casting calls in early 2000, so John Lapid was the lucky winner to have his car play a starring role. His car was originally dark green and then silver.

This also wasn’t a top-of-the-line Eclipse. In fact, it was the base model known as the RS for the second-generation Eclipse. The top performers from the second-generation were the GS-T with the turbocharged inline-4 engine and the GSX with all-wheel drive. This car had none of that. In reality, the movie car made 150 horsepower on a good day and it would have never handled the three-stage nitrous oxide system portrayed in the movie.

Lieberman also dives into two scenes that still cause hilarity today: the “danger to manifold” warning and the infamous floorboard piece falling off. The former technical director for the franchise urged the team to choose a different message to pop up on the laptop computer, but others decided “danger to manifold” would be understood better by the general public. As for the floorboard falling out, that was also just for dramatic effect. The producers wanted sparks and that’s how they got them. Nothing about the scene would cause this to happen and Lieberman is well aware Toretto’s legs should be dangling from the car in the scenes to come.

Watch the complete video to learn that the movie used six Eclipses for the various scenes and how to build a replica of the car, which isn’t easy given how old its parts are nowadays.

Lieberman reunited with the car’s owner earlier this year. That video is below for you to reminisce about the tuner scene in its glory days.

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Mitsubishi previews new plug-in hybrid SUV for Tokyo show – Autocar

Mitsubishi will reveal a new compact plug-in hybrid SUV concept at next month’s Tokyo motor show.

The as-yet-unnamed car, partially shown in an image and confirmed in limited information released today, is intended to preview Mitsubishi’s next-generation plug-in hybrid four-wheel-drive technology for models smaller than the Outlander.

The hybrid technology will be smaller and lighter than Mitsubishi’s current plug-in hybrid system, which it pioneered first on the Outlander PHEV. It will be four-wheel drive and is claimed to offer both improved efficiency in urban environments as well as greater control off road. 

Mitsubishi has not released any technical details of the new hybrid system, which will join the larger one it already has in its range on the Outlander. That current plug-in hybrid tech mixes a 2.4-litre petrol engine with a 13.8kWh battery and twin electric motors.

A replacement for the Outlander was previewed at the Geneva motor show in March with a concept called Engelberg Tourer that continued with a 2.4-litre petrol engine but now mated to a larger 20kWh battery. 

The concept car’s downsized plug-in hybrid technology could therefore be intended for the Eclipse Cross, either in this generation or the next. Mitsubishi sources confirmed to Autocar earlier this year that the Eclipse Cross would be offered with plug-in hybrid technology in the future.

The concept could also provide early clues to the Eclipse Cross’s distant successor, although the limited parts of the styling that can be seen in the preview image show a rather outlandish treatment for the rear of the roof. 

Mitsubishi sources also confirmed to Autocar that it would look to move its three SUV models – ASX, Eclipse Cross and Outlander – further apart in size. The ASX is set to be offered with an all-electric drivetrain in its next generation, rather than hybrid technology.