Tokyo Preview: Honda CR-Z Concept Is As Close to the Real Thing As Concepts Get

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Honda has just announced that a revised version of its CR-Z hybrid hatchback will debut at the Tokyo Auto Show next month. Honda has already produced a concept version of this car, but the new one (shown above) is as close to production as concepts get. The design has been toned down just ever so slightly, while the interior is as road-ready as a Honda Fit’s. In fact, the car looks deliciously CRX-like.

A production version of the car is expected in Japan next year with sales in North America the year after.

Power for the CR-Z comes from a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. This 200cc of added displacement over the 1.3-liter engine found in both the Civic Hybrid and Insight should help put more of a focus on performance. Apparently, the car will also be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, as opposed to a CVT transmission – a first for a hybrid.

Let’s just hope the CR-Z is more Fit-like than Insight-like and that the Japanese automaker known for its engine building prowess can make the company’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system a bit more competitive with Toyota’s setup.

GALLERY: Honda CR-Z Concept

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Crxsquared Crxsquared on Oct 20, 2009

    The author doesn't have the cojones to admit that the first version of this article was in error about the engines in the Insight and Civic. Instead, my post was never added, and the text of the article corrected without attribute.

    • Colum Wood Colum Wood on Oct 20, 2009

      crxsquared: Your message was deleted in error. Thanks for catching the mistake that initially had AutoGuide list the Insight and Civic Hybrid as having 1.5-liter motors. Please feel free to keep the comments coming and keep us on our toes.