Honda Australia has announced details on its new ZR-V mid-sized SUV due to arrive here midway through this year.
ZR-V will sit between the well-established smaller HR-V and larger (and soon to be larger) CR-V.
It’s built on the same platform and is around the same length, as the current Civic hatchback.
Honda says the ZR-V “sits lower than most SUVs for a sedan-like driving position” which is a bit odd given that one of the main selling points leading the SUV boom is their high driving position.
“The Honda ZR-V’s form and function will redefine how SUVs are seen and we’re excited to bring it to our customers in 2023,” says Honda’s Carolyn McMahon.
We’ll report on this further when we get into a ZR-V following its local launch.
There will be four ZR-V variants: VTi X, VTi L, VTi LX and e:HEV LX.
The first three will be powered by a 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged petrol engine while the hybrid uses a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine working with two electric motors. One motor powers the front wheels, the other is used to charge the battery.
Power and torque outputs for the ZR-V have not been supplied at this stage but the same engines in Civic produce 131kW and 240Nm from the 1.5-litre and 135kW and 315Nm from the hybrid.
A CVT will be standard in all models.
Standard equipment and features for the ZR-V include adaptive LED headlights, collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and front and rear parking sensors.
Infotainment features will be displayed on a 9.0-inch screen with wired Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.