Less than a week after the US-market Honda HR-V was unveiled in China as the ZR-V, the company’s European division announced that the name ZR-V would also be used for the continent. This effectively confirms the global name of the Toyota Corolla cross-competing C-segment SUV.
Unlike the Middle Kingdom, where the car is expected to be offered with a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine, the European-market ZR-V will only be offered as a hybrid when it sells there in 2023. It will probably be powered by Civic e: HEV’s more powerful 184 PS / 315 Nm electric motor, powered by a new 2.0-liter direct-injected Atkinson bicycle cycle.
The rest of the car has a very un-Honda front end with a large octagonal grille, thin LED headlights and C-shaped bumper molding of black plastic, according to HR-V in the United States. On the side, there is a long bonnet, blistered rear fender and rear quarter light windows that emphasize the extra length of the car compared to the global B-segment HR-V. Inverted L-shaped taillights can be found on the rear.
No interior photos have been shown yet, but you can expect the ZR-V Civic’s dashboard features a variety of features, complete with a freestanding infotainment touchscreen and mesh-covered air vents. A version of this has already arrived in Civic-based Acura Integra.
Yes, this SUV is built on the bones of the latest 11th-generation Civic and unlike the Toyota, the ZR-V will be offered with independent rear suspension instead of a torsion beam. With the suggestion to launch the car in Japan, could it also go to Southeast Asia? It would be understandable that the Corolla Cross was made with ASEAN in mind and is increasing sales in Malaysia and surrounding areas.
The use of the name ZR-V for this car also complicates matters for smaller sub-HR-V SUVs, which were previously known to receive the Monica. That model can be traced back to the WR-V name, which first appeared in a crossover-styled variant of the previous generation jazz.
Gallery: 2023 Honda ZR-V for China
Gallery: 2023 Honda HR-V for USA