Honda has been electrifying its range in a typically conservative fashion – but now the Japanese brand is really pushing ahead with the process. And that will extend to two new models being launched this year, starting with the 2023 Honda ZR-V.
The 2023 Honda ZR-V is designed to slot in between the compact HR-V and the larger CR-V in Honda’s SUV line-up, although it’s closer to the second of those two vehicles. The company says the car will have “the same DNA as the Civic e:HEV”, so it’s fair to say that the ZR-V is, in effect, a crossover version of the popular family hatchback.
Honda has pushed hard to make the 2023 Honda ZR-V not look too much like a jacked-up Civic and on first inspection, it has succeeded. The front has a relatively small grille and extremely slim headlights, while the flanks have much less complex surfacing than we’ve seen on many recent Hondas. The C-pillar is quite narrow, and the rear features a large tail-gate that’s clearly designed to deliver a low load lip into the boot.