While we’ve already had access to the fifth-generation Honda CR-V for some time now, the carmaker is set to reveal the SUV for European markets at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The most alluring selling point is the availability of a hybrid model, first previewed by the CR-V Hybrid Prototype during last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Of course, Europe won’t be the first to get the hybrid SUV, as China has already begun sales since the second half of 2017. The European-spec CR-V hybrid will come with Honda’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system as in the Accord Hybrid, which features a 2.0 litre i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and two electric motors.

Honda hasn’t provided any official figures for the hybrid powertrain, but on the Accord Hybrid, there is a total system output of 212 hp and a combined fuel economy of 20.4 km per litre. There also three operation modes for the system – Hybrid Drive, Engine Drive and EV Drive.

The other option is the familiar 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo petrol unit, which can be paired with either a six-speed manual or optional CVT automatic. Front-wheel drive comes as standard, but customers can also specify their cars with all-wheel drive. Another option available in Europe is a seven-seat model, similar to what is offered in Thailand.

First European deliveries of the CR-V fitted with the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo engine are expected in autumn this year, while hybrid models will follow in early 2019.