Is Honda bringing back the CR-Z?
As with all trademark filings, we need to caution this doesn’t mean Honda is definitely working on a second-generation CR-Z. The company could just be sitting on the name until it needs to use it, which isn’t uncommon.
If Honda is working on new CR-Z, it could feature a pure electric or hybrid drivetrain. Honda currently sells hybrid versions of the Jazz, Insight, Accord, and CR-V overseas, although only the Accord hybrid is offered Down Under.
The latter two models have a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to two electric motors for a total power output of 158kW.
While the CR-Z name suggests any new model should be a three-door hatch, Honda has recently taken to reusing names from the past on different body styles. Given buying preferences have shifted to four- or five-door models, nothing should be ruled out.
In the past few years Honda has brought back the Insight badge for a Civic-based hybrid sedan (not a hatch like the earlier iterations), and has applied the Passport moniker to a shortened version of the Pilot crossover (the original was a rebadged body-on-frame Isuzu Rodeo/Holden Frontera).
The original CR-Z hybrid sports car was launched in 2010, and went out of production in 2016.
Conceived as way to enjoy a sporty drive with “zero guilt”, the CR-Z featured styling inspired by the second-generation CR-X hatch, and packed an Integrated Motor Assist parallel hybrid drivetrain.
Under the bonnet it had a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 83kW and 145Nm, which was boosted by an electric motor boasting 10kW and 79Nm.
Unusually for a hybrid of its time, the CR-Z was available with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.