Honda ZR-V debuts with familiar looks and a hybrid option


Honda has revealed the first-ever ZR-V, which is all set to go on sale in Japan this fall. Honda will share additional details in the coming days but pre-orders will commence in September. The ZR-V looks familiar you said? Well, that’s because it’s nothing but a JDM-spec HR-V.

There is some visual differentiation compared with the U.S.-spec HR-V we saw over a month ago. These would include the front bumper, the grille pattern, the rear bumper with trapezoidal tailpipe finishers, and of course, the wheels. The example we’re seeing here appears to be the range-topping ‘Z’ AWD variant (e:HEV Z 4WD), finished in Crystal Garnet Metallic (translated from Japanese).


Inside, the features list is probably going to be pretty much the same as the American model. The example above sports a 9-inch HD touchscreen.

As for the juicy bits of the story, the ZR-V is gonna offer petrol and petrol-electric hybrid powertrain options. The petrol is gonna be a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit paired with a CVT. The hybrid is gonna be a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated unit, combined with two electric motors and a CVT; the same setup as the one in the Civic e:HEV. Both powertrains offer an AWD option.

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