Honda readies new ZR-V for launch in Japan
Hybrid ZR-V is first Honda SUV to be equipped with the Sports e:HEV that combines a 2.0-litre direct injection engine that debuted on the Civic e:HEV and the advanced 2-motor hybrid system (e-CVT).
Honda Motor Co today released initial information on the ZR-V, an all-new SUV scheduled to go on sale in Japan later this year, with pre-orders opening in September 2022.
The hybrid model of the all-new ZR-V will be the first Honda SUV to be equipped with the Sports e:HEV that combines a 2.0-litre direct injection engine that debuted on the Civic e:HEV and the advanced 2-motor hybrid system (e-CVT). Honda says, “The all-new ZR-V e:HEV will offer a high-quality, exhilarating and one-class-above driving experience in various driving situations including driving on city and suburban roads, highways and winding roads.”
The all-new ZR-V also will be available as a petrol-powered model equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo engine with CVT, which offers highly-responsive and sporty driving.Both hybrid and gasoline models offer a real-time AWD variation, which enables customers to drive on snowy roads.
Targeted at urban buyers
The new ZR-V adopts an urban-friendly design. The exterior design features flowing proportions characterised by large, smooth surfaces that flow from front to rear. The styling of the front-fascia features a vertical grille, designed in concert with surrounding areas, and sharp-looking, wide-set headlights that flow horizontally. The rear of the body is shaped to emphasize the vehicle’s wide tread by adding volume around the bottom of the body, with a smooth, upswept look.
The interior design has enabled a spacious cabin by adopting an instrument panel that stretches out horizontally in a linear fashion. Moreover, the interior design features a functional and precise finish on all parts to accentuate the beauty of the form, creating a high-quality interior space that is one class above the competition. In addition, a high-deck centre console separates the front seats to create personal space for the driver and front passenger.
According to Honda, “As with the front seats, the hip point of the rear seats was set low to allow greater freedom for the end point of the roof design, resulting in both a sleek roof line and enhanced aerodynamic performance. Moreover, a variety of user-friendly storage spaces are provided, ensuring excellent utility to meet various customer needs.”
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