The 2023 Honda ZR-V has been launched in Japan and the SUV has major revisions for the new model year. Japan is the first market to get the SUV while the model will make it to other developed markets including Europe in the future. Interestingly, the new offering closely resembles the ZR-V sold in China as well as the model sold currently in the US. But what’s striking is its close resemblance to the Maserati Levante with that grille shape.
Upgrades are aplenty on the 2023 Honda ZR-V. This includes new paint options with body-coloured bumpers unlike the Chinese version. The Japanese-spec model uses Crystal Garnet Metallic colour, while the vertical slats on the grille are finished in black. The profile remains the same as the Chinese and US spec model but gets dual-tone turn indicators. It also gets dual exhaust pipes in metal finish at the rear.
Inside, the cabin sports a digital instrument console, floating touchscreen infotainment system, buttons for climate control, all borrowed from the latest generation Honda Civic. The gear lever has now been replaced with buttons, offering a clutter-free look in the cabin. The upholstery has been updated to a burgundy shade with contrasting orange stitching.
In terms of power, the 2023 Honda ZR-V will come with the e:HEV powertrain. This includes a 2.0-litre direct injection motor combined with two electric motors and an electric CVT. The performance specs are yet to be revealed but the system is likely to be similar to the Civic e:HEV. The combined output on the Civic is expected to be 181PS. That’s the version which will be sold in Europe, whereas the Japanese market will get the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with FWD and AWD options. More details on the power and performance figures will be revealed later in the year.
Pre-order bookings for the 2023 Honda ZR-V will begin in Japan in September this year. Sadly, there are no plans to bring the SUV to the Indian market. Instead, Honda Cars India is working on an all-new compact SUV that is expected to arrive in 2023. The locally developed SUV will be a Hyundai Creta/Kia Seltos/Toyota Hyryder rival. It needs to be seen if Honda opts for a five-seater or offers extra value with the model being a seven-seater offering.