Honda ZR-V is a renamed US-market HR-V for China – Civic-based SUV with 1.5 VTEC Turbo engine and CVT

Honda ZR-V is a renamed US-market HR-V for China – Civic-based SUV with 1.5 VTEC Turbo engine and CVT

GAC Honda has revealed the first photos of the new Honda ZR-V, and if it looks familiar, that’s because it is essentially the US-market HR-V we saw last month but with a different name for China.

For a recap, the US-market HR-V is based on the 11th-generation Civic and is categorised as a C-segment SUV, making it a larger vehicle compared to the other, B-segment HR-V that arrived earlier. After the US and China, the HR-V will also be sold in Europe under a different nameplate and will slot in between the CR-V and HR-V that’s already on sale in the region.

Design-wise, the ZR-V is pretty much a carbon copy of the US-market HR-V, with standout cues being a large, octagonal-shaped grille, relatively slim LED headlamps with L-shaped DRLs and C-shaped mouldings in the lower apron. The rear also gets the same taillight design, although the dual exhausts have not been seen in press photos of the HR-V before. There are no interior shots just yet but expect the cabin to be nearly identical to the HR-V as well, save for some minor changes.

As for the powertrain, the “240 Turbo” emblem on the sculpted tailgate – also used for the Integra sold by GAC Honda – suggests the ZR-V will be powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a CVT. The VTEC Turbo unit in the Integra serves up 182 PS (180 hp) and 240 Nm of torque – these figures are the same as the HR-V. It should be noted that said emblem is also used on other Honda models in China like the CR-V, Breeze, Avancier, UR-V and Civic.

Honda ZR-V is a renamed US-market HR-V for China – Civic-based SUV with 1.5 VTEC Turbo engine and CVT

Further detail like pricing will be revealed later, as GAC Honda is currently accepting registrations of interest before a formal launch takes place within this year. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Dongfeng Honda sells a sister model to the ZR-V, albeit tweaked to create some differentiation.

As a sidenote, while the ZR-V refers to a C-segment SUV in China, the name is also tipped to be used for a smaller, compact crossover previewed by the SUV RS Concept that appeared at the 2021 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). Developed for the Southeast Asian market, the ZR-V takes on Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize (and our Perodua Ativa).

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • HRV did badly in the infamous Honda (HR-V) vs Geely (X-50) head to head crash test. Name change is inevitable.

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    • Brian on May 07, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      This is a different HRV compared to the global HRV which is another car.

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      • Epson on May 07, 2022 at 8:10 pm

        Still, X50 is more solid than HRV. Take a look video on how Jazz hit crash Tesla harder

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  • Brian on May 06, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    If this comes here it could be a real challenge for Corolla Cross.

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  • aumeow on May 06, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Copied from Sportage

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