2023 Honda ZR-V debuts in Japan, previews Australian model

Honda is expected to slot the ZR-V between the smaller HR-V and larger CR-V when it arrives in Australia.

The 2023 Honda ZR-V has been previewed in Japan ahead of the model’s launch there in the coming months.

While the ZR-V has yet to be officially confirmed for our market, it’s expected Honda will offer the small Civic-based SUV in Australia based on the Japanese version.

The carmaker has announced the ZR-V will be available with the choice of two powertrains in Japan: a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with a CVT automatic, or a 2.0-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with a hybrid system.

The hybrid powertrain in the ZR-V e:HEV is expected to quote a similar power output to its application in the Civic hybrid, which produces 135kW and 315Nm.

However, unlike the Civic, Honda says both the engines in the ZR-V will utilise all-wheel drive.

The ZR-V’s interior also mimics the Civic’s handsome design, with a honeycomb vent stretching across three quarters of the dashboard, and a tablet-style 9.0-inch infotainment screen fitted atop. The driver also gains a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster.

Sitting between the HR-V and the CR-V, the ZR-V is expected to come in at 4567mm long, 1829mm wide, and 1610mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2654mm.

“We will have an all-new SUV model joining the Honda line-up in Australia in the next 12-18 months,” a spokesperson for Honda Australia told Drive in June 2022.

“We’ll be able to confirm further details on the new model, including the name, as we get closer to launch.”

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

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