Honda ZR-V makes global debut

Honda expands hybrid model range with ZR-V

The all-new ZR-V is Honda’s latest electrified SUV model and bridges the gap between the HR-V and CR-V in the C-segment.

The stylish, powerful yet clean design continues the evolution of Honda’s design language as it cuts a unique silhouette in the C-SUV segment through a compelling combination of sophisticated styling, a high-quality interior and an exciting yet comfortable drive.

Timeless modern design

The exterior design is defined by the timeless mixture of smooth uninterrupted surfaces that flow from front to rear with precise panel gaps and tightly defined detailing features including a sharply creased beltline. Initiated at the front through the slimline headlights, with clearly defined light signatures and a large, stylized grille, the noiseless appearance continues down the clean flanks and culminates with a bold rear bumper and taillights that are neatly integrated with the tailgate. The quest for uninterrupted lines extends to the smart door handle design, which has removed the need for parting lines between the handle and lock.

The front end is dominated by a stylised, gloss black grille design that is made up of strong vertical bars on both Elegance and Advance grades, whilst Sport models receive a unique honeycomb shape finish. Emphasising the confident exterior is stylised lower body cladding that wraps around the front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wheel arches.

Inside story

The Honda ZR-V provides exceptional spaciousness, practicality and comfort within a compact package. The interior is stylish, elegant and subtly integrates and maximises useful functionality, ensuring the cabin is aesthetically and functionally beautiful.

This is complimented by high-quality materials, detailed finishing and subtle lighting that combine to create a premium ambience. A low set dashboard, raised central console, plush knee pads and arm rests, cosset occupants while sophisticated HMI technology along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto keeps the driver and passengers connected to the outside world.

Ahead of the driver is a seven-inch or 10.2-inch TFT digital instrument binnacle, depending on the grade, which works in conjunction with an analogue speedometer to present key information in a sophisticated yet easy to read format. Infotainment status is presented on the left and the vehicle and driving assistance information in the centre. Integrated into the binnacle is a new, simple to read power meter design.

A large nine-inch screen sits in the centre of the wide upper dash panel which stretches across the front of the cabin to enhance the sense of lateral space. The split layer centre console is unique to the ZR-V and has been designed to neatly incorporate the gear shifter and parking brake button, which are optimally positioned for ease of use.

For front seat passengers, Honda’s body-stabilising seat structure offers additional lumbar and pelvis support for greater comfort. In the rear, the seats have been optimised to provide a relaxing seating posture for occupants, akin to that of a hatchback.

Depending on grade, the seats are trimmed in either fabric, half or full leather options along with high quality detailing and quilting. Elegance models receive smart black mélange fabric seat trim, with a complex embossed pattern, complimented by detailing across the dashboard. Sport grade introduces a stylish synthetic leather and combi-tufted fabric mix detailed with embroidered accents and vibrant silver detailing to the bolsters.

The driver’s field of view has been maximised by positioning the A-pillars as rearward as possible. The door mirrors have also been mounted on the door skin, away from the A-pillar, to reduce blind spots and ensure a clear line of sight down the length of the car. Despite this high eye point, the ZR-V offers drivers a hatchback like driving experience and a sense of being directly connected to the car through an inspiring driving position.

Practicality comes standard thanks to a wide variety of storage trays and pockets. A versatile rear cargo space features fold flat seats, a load partition, retractable parcel cover and under floor storage. The ZR-V boasts 370 litres of cargo space or a total of 1291 litres when the rear seats are folded down.

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Under the bonnet

The ZR-V is the latest Honda SUV to be fitted with Honda’s e:HEV hybrid powertrain as standard and continues to offer a unique blend of efficiency across all road types. 

The ZR-V features an upgraded version of Honda’s 2.0-litre direct injection Atkinson engine and two motors along with a power-dense lithium-ion battery. The powertrain produces a total power output of 135kW and 315Nm of torque, facilitating acceleration to 100km/h in just 7.8 seconds.

At the same time the drivetrain offers genuine real-world efficiency as it produces only 130g/km and uses just 5.7 litres/100km on the combined cycle. The drivetrain shifts seamlessly between EV, Hybrid and Engine drive as conditions demand with no input required from the driver.

The latest in safety technology comes standard

Safety has long been of paramount importance to Honda and the ZR-V is the latest vehicle to feature the company’s advanced suite of Honda Sensing technologies as standard. Combined with an extensive airbag system and impressive all-round collision performance, Honda’s latest SUV offers high levels of safety for all occupants.

The ZR-V features a total of 10 airbags, including a front centre airbag that prevents collisions between the driver and front passenger in the event of a side impact and a knee airbag for front occupants. 

Honda sensing is among the most comprehensive safety technology packages in its class and uses camera information in conjunction with a host of high-tech sensors, to warn and assist the driver of potentially dangerous situations.


Local South African introduction and a date therefore is yet to be confirmed.

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