China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm

Eric · May 5, 2022 03:52 PM

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 01

  • GAC Honda teases the Honda ZR-V
  • Identical to the US-spec, Civic-based HR-V
  • China to get 1.5-litre turbo with 182 PS and 240 Nm

It seems like the Honda ZR-V could very well be the China-spec Honda HR-V after all, as GAC Honda has just released teaser photos of its latest crossover.

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 02

US-market HR-V shown

If it looks familiar, we don’t blame you, because China’s Honda ZR-V is essentially identical to the US-market Honda HR-V.

Also Read: All-new Civic-based 2022 Honda HR-V debuts for USA with independent rear suspension

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 01

While GAC Honda has yet to reveal any information surrounding its new ZR-V, the 240 Turbo emblem could shed some light on the powertrain under the hood of this new crossover.

 

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 02

US-spec Honda HR-V shown, note the similarities

In China, the 240 Turbo emblem denotes a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine that does 182 PS and 240 Nm. This emblem can be found on the China-spec Civic, Integra, CR-V, Breeze, Avancier, and UR-V.

Also Read: China’s Honda Integra is a sleeker Civic you wished you had

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 03

Like the North American HR-V, the Chinese ZR-V is also expected to feature a multi-link rear suspension configuration, seeing that it is based on the Civic FE’s platform. Honda is taking a leaf out of Toyota’s book with the Corolla Altis and Corolla Cross, but kept the multi-link rear suspension for its crossover, unlike Toyota.

Also Read: China’s getting all the Honda HR-Vs in the world as the supersized US version is spotted there

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 04

No word on when GAC Honda will debut the ZR-V in China, but it could happen sooner than later, as the teaser photos have dropped.

What about Malaysia?

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 05

Don’t hold your breath for the arrival of the Civic-based HR-V / ZR-V to arrive here. It was not even spotted in Thailand, suggesting that our neighbours up north will only offer the Jazz-based HR-V for the time being.

China’s Honda ZR-V is just the Civic-based HR-V with a new name, 1.5T with 182 PS and 240 Nm 06

Instead, what could find its way here is the Honda BR-V-based crossover, codenamed N5X. So much so that Honda teased the SUV RS Concept a couple of time over the past few months, hinting that they’re serious about going after the Indonesian-spec Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky.

Also Read: Future Perodua Ativa rival, Honda SUV RS Concept continues testing public interest in Bandung

Watch this space for more updates.

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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