Honda Australia has announced details on its new ZR-V mid-sized SUV due to arrive
here midway through this year.

The ZR-V will sit between the well-established smaller HR-V and the larger (and soon
to be larger) CR-V. It’s built on the same platform, and is around the same length, as
the current Civic hatchback.

In its press release Honda states that the ZR-V “sits lower than most SUVs for a sedan-
like driving position” which is a bit odd given that one of the main selling points leading
the SUV boom is their high driving position. We’ll report on this further when we get into
a ZR-V following its local launch.

There will be four ZR-V variants: VTi X, VTi L, VTi LX and e:HEV LX.

The first three will be powered by a 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged petrol engine with the
hybrid using a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine working with two electric
motors. One motor powers the front wheels, the other is used to charge the battery.

Power and torque outputs for the ZR-V have not been supplied at this stage but the
same engines in the Civic produce 131kW and 240Nm from the 1.5-litre and 135kW
and 315Nm from the hybrid. CVT will be standard in all models.

Standard equipment and features for the ZR-V include adaptive LED headlights,
collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and
front and rear parking sensors.

Infotainment features will be displayed on a nine-inch screen with wired Android Auto
and wireless Apple CarPlay

The VTi X will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels with 18-inch alloys in the other grades.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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