The Honda SUV e:concept wasn’t the only electrified vehicle making its debut at the Beijing Motor Show this year, as the Japanese carmaker also wheeled out the new CR-V PHEV. This will be the first Honda vehicle introduced in China equipped with a plug-in hybrid system, and it’s set to go on sale in early next year.

In China, the plug-in hybrid model will be marketed as the Sport Hybrid e+, joining the Sport Hybrid and Sport Turbo in the brand’s Chinese line-up. While the CR-V PHEV looks rather similar to its non-PHEV counterparts, there are specific cues to help create some visual distinction. At the front, the LED headlamp clusters feature wavy graphics within them, and they flank a three-slat grille and blue-tinged Honda logo – the latter also applies to the regular hybrid model.

The CR-V PHEV also appears to sport a gloss black finish for the lower apron trim and cladding around the wheel arches, along with a unique wheel design. An “e:PHEV” badge on the tailgate further marks it out as a plug-in hybrid model, with everything else being rather familiar. No shot of the interior just yet, but expect some minor changes and additional controls for the powertrain.

On that mention, Honda says the model will be powered by its dual-motor, Sport Hybrid i-MMD system, which is also found in the Accord Hybrid and CR-V Hybrid. The setup consists of a 2.0 litre Atkinson-cycle i-VTEC DOHC petrol engine (145 PS/175 Nm), a front electric motor (184 PS/315 Nm), eCVT and a lithium-ion battery

Its operation is same as the hybrid versions of the Accord and CR-V, with the engine tasked with generating electricity for the electric motor that drives the wheels in most situations. However, at highway speeds, a lock-up clutch connects the engine to the eCVT to drive the wheels directly.

Honda claims an all-electric range of up to 85 km thanks the battery, while in hybrid mode, the fuel consumption is claimed to be as low as 1.3 l/100 km. Based on the uploaded video, the CR-V PHEV will also support AC charging with a Type 2 connection. Is the plug-in hybrid SUV something that should be offered in Malaysia?