Honda has officially announced the all-new ZR-V SUV, which will be added to the company’s European lineup. The high-riding model, which will be available on the European market in 2023, will be positioned between the HR-V and the CR-V in the brand’s lineup. For the time being, here’s what we know about the upcoming crossover.
Honda isn’t going to say much more about this brand new moniker for the time being, because the company doesn’t want to give anything away. One piece of information that is currently available is that the ZR-V will have a hybrid powertrain and will be available alongside the HR-V and the next-generation CR-V, which will both have electrified engines under the hood as standard equipment.
The new ZR-V is part of Honda’s strategy to revamp its European lineup with hybrid vehicles, which includes the Accord and Civic. On the Old Continent, the SUV will be joined by the new Honda Civic e:HEV, which will go on sale in the third quarter of the year. Whether the ZR-V will be powered by the hybrid powertrain found in the HR-V or a more powerful hybrid from the electrified Civic will be an interesting question to answer. Given that the ZR-V is said to be based on the Civic, we’ll put our money on the latter.
In the People’s Republic, the crossover will only be available with a non-hybrid 1.5-liter turbocharged engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). GAC-Honda will be responsible for the production of the model. The letter Z in the model’s name refers to Honda’s desire to meet “the mobility needs of Generation Z, as well as breaking paradigms in search of new experiences,” according to the company.
With the introduction of the ZR-V in Europe, Honda will be left with a single model that is devoid of any form of electrification. With the introduction of the new Civic Type R, Honda will have produced its last purely combustion-powered vehicle on the continent. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing more than 300 horsepower.
Furthermore, Honda is currently developing the next-generation CR-V, which is expected to go on sale in Europe next year and will feature a hybrid engine lineup, which will most likely include a plug-in hybrid.