2023 Honda ZR-V debuts in Japan with hybrid power

A new model is coming to Honda’s SUV lineup and it’s called the ZR-V. It was revealed for the Japanese market before pre-orders start in September this year. European buyers will have to wait until 2023 before the ZR-V is available here.

The all-new model will sit alongside the HR-V, CR-V and e:Ny1, and is poised to compete in the C-segment SUV sector. It will compete with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage.

The model was originally announced in a preview of the upcoming e:Ny1 concept car, which will be available as a full EV. Unlike that car, hybridization will be the maximum amount of electrification on the ZR-V because Honda says it believes hybrid power still has a role to play in reducing CO2 emissions and helping customers make the most of it. transition to zero emission driving.

The ZR-V has two powertrain options. One is the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine setup we’ve seen in the new Civic with 181bhp and 315Nm of torque. The other is a 1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder. Both engines will be mated to CVT transmissions, although the e:HEV gets the two-motor hybrid system that Honda calls ‘e-CVT’.

Most ZR-Vs will likely come with front-wheel drive, but Honda also offers four-wheel-drive versions of both powertrains that the firm says “customers can drive on snowy roads with greater peace of mind by achieving superior performance.” outstanding at turning around and climbing snowy roads.”

The ZR-V’s exterior isn’t as bold as the all-electric, retro-styled Honda e; it has a design more similar to that of the new Civic. The sleek headlights and curvy taillight are similar to those of Honda’s popular hatchback, and the front grille is a departure from the Japanese firm’s current styling. There are wide wheel arches to accentuate the ZR-V’s stance, as well as twin exhaust tips and a rear roof spoiler.

Inside, we see Honda’s 10.2-inch digital dial display along with a nine-inch touchscreen in the dash. The cabin has a fairly minimalist look with a single line running horizontally across the dash, incorporating the air vents. Honda says that “a variety of user-friendly storage spaces are provided” and that the “high-floor center console separates the front seats to create personal space for the driver and front passenger.”

Since the ZR-V will sit between the HR-V and CR-V in terms of size, we can expect the price of the Honda ZR-V to also be split between the other two with a starting price of around £30,000.

Now read about how we fared with the Honda HR-V in our long-term test review…

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