Honda is looking to expand its SUV range in Australia.
“The SUV growth in the market just continues to be amazing, and our line-up over the next couple of years will reflect that,” Honda Australia boss Stephen Collins told media.
Honda has at least two suitable options in its global portfolio, although neither is a walk-up starter for Australia.
The first is the ZR-V, a rival to the Mazda CX-3 previewed by the SUV RS Concept revealed in Indonesia earlier in November.
Honda has had the ZR-V badge trademarked in Australia since 2020, and the as-yet unreleased production model would line up neatly with the CX-3, along with the Ford Puma, Toyota C-HR, and Volkswagen T-Cross in a popular part of the market.
If the new HR-V moves upmarket and doesn’t offer a stripped-out base model, the ZR-V could also give Honda a more affordable SUV option for Australia.
It’s not clear what will power the ZR-V. The City is available with a choice of petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines in developing markets, but the ZR-V would need to have a hybrid option if it’s to come Down Under.
Given the Jazz hatchback is hybrid-only in Europe, that’s not completely off the cards. The Jazz hybrid has 80kW of power and 253Nm of torque from its petrol-electric powertrain.
Honda also has the BR-V in its global catalogue (below), a compact seven-seat SUV aimed at south-east Asia and India, but it’s less likely to fit into the local range given Honda already sells the CR-V seven-seater.