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.
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?
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.
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.