Honda ZR-V hybrid confirmed, to bridge gap between HR-V and CR-V in Europe

Hans · May 19, 2022 11:00 AM

Like the HR-V and CR-V in Europe, the ZR-V will also be sold exclusively with Honda’s e:HEV hybrid drivetrain. Whether it will be the 1.5-litre unit from the HR-V or the 2.0-litre unit from the Civic is yet to be confirmed.

Starting from this generation onwards, the Honda HR-V lineage has been split into two, and to make things more confusing, the HR-V nameplate may refer to a different model, depending on which market you are referring to.

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Not our HR-V

So the Honda HR-V in North America is not related to the HR-V sold in South East Asia (also known as Vezel in Japan). That same North American market HR-V is also known as the ZR-V in Europe and China.

Why the complicated arrangement? Because there is a huge demand for SUVs and Honda can’t rely on just the HR-V and CR-V to satisfy market demand.

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Our HR-V

It doesn’t matter if the ZR-V and CR-V are both C-segment models. Remember that the Honda CR-V is also based on the Civic’s platform, just like the ZR-V.

Most SUVs on sale today are derivative products, meaning that they are built on a shortened / lengthened platform of an existing sedan. So traditional demarcation lines don’t mean much.

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At the end of the day, what matters is whether the product meets the customer’s needs, expectations, and budget. Honda knows this very well and believes that there is enough demand to support two C-segment SUVs of different sizes.

Also read: Launching soon in Malaysia, here’s all you need to know about the 2022 Honda HR-V

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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