Honda has confirmed the launch of its newest SUV derived from the 11-year Honda Civic platform.th generation before even defining its name. That’s because this new car will be sold in the United States as the Honda HR-V. But he has absolutely nothing in common with the new generation of HR-V that debuts in Brazil in August.
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The new HR-V that will be manufactured in Brazil shares part of the platform with the City, as well as the one sold in Europe. In these two markets, the new midsize SUV will take on a completely different name and could be Honda ZR-V, as it will be sold in China.
This is just an assumption. GAC Honda often adopts unique names and even looks for the Chinese market. The old HR-V is known there as XR-V and the new generation debuted there only electric, with two names: e:NS1 and e:NP1. The main difference between them is that the e:NS1 has a sporty look.
The new Honda ZR-V has exactly the same look as the SUV that will be sold in the United States, with full-LED headlights well separated from the almost oval front grille. It’s a very different design language than other Hondas. It will also be considerably longer: the wheelbase would be around 2.70 m, against 2.61 m for the HR-V.
At the rear, what draws attention are the two exhaust outlets, which are justified by the mechanics. The “240 Turbo” logo on the rear has also been seen on the new Honda Integra (which is a Civic) sold in China, and identifies the 1.5 Turbo engine, with 182 hp and 24.5 kgfm, and CVT gearbox. Well, this is a similarity with the new HR-V Touring and RS that will be sold in Brazil.
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In the United States, the average SUV was confirmed with the same 2.0-liter aspirated 160 hp and 19 kgfm of torque. In China, however, there is already talk of a future hybrid version with another 2.0-liter aspirated engine with Atkinson cycle. That is, the same mechanics of the Civic e:HEV that will also be imported to Brazil. On the other hand, Honda has already said that its new medium SUV will not be a hybrid in Brazil.
Regardless of the name, the new SUV will arrive in Brazil imported from the United States (as well as the new Civic) and will be positioned between the national HR-V and the new generation of the CR-V, which will arrive in 2023 larger and only with hybrid mechanics.