Honda concept is very close to production reality, says design boss
26 October 2009

The Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe will look very similar to the concept car, according to the Japanese manufacturer’s design chiefs.

Following this week's Tokyo motor show Nobuki Ebisawa, Honda’s general manager of global design, admitted that the concept version of the CR-Z that appeared at the on Honda’s stand was, in fact, a very thinly veiled version of the production-ready model set to make its public debut at the Detroit motor show, in January.

Hi-res Honda CR-Z concept pictures

Changes to improve the aerodynamics, handlng and interior space have all been carried out since the CR-V’s original conception, in 2007, at the hands of designer Motoaki Minowa.

Ebisawa revealed that among the main changes were less inward sloping side windows and a higher roof, to create more headroom, a shorter wheelbase to aid agility, and a longer front overhang with a more tapered front end. This brings reduced drag and also increases the CR-V’s performance in pedestrian crash tests.

When asked whether the CR-Z’s open-mouthed grille indicated a new family image for the Honda range, however, Ebisawa stated that the bold new face would be strictly reserved for future sporty variants and would not find its way onto more mainstream models.

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26 October 2009

are there final mechanical details yet? Hope it is faster than a Prius

26 October 2009

believe it when you see.

manufacturers always try to play that 'its 95% the same as the production car' garbage to try and build excitement.

Like when Nissan said aside from some minor detailing the GTR would look just like the concept version etc etc

26 October 2009

[quote philcUK]

believe it when you see.

manufacturers always try to play that 'its 95% the same as the production car' garbage to try and build excitement.

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Actually, Honda has a good record on keeping true to their concepts. In fact, in recent years, their concept cars have either been mad-cap dream machines (with no plans for production) or the finished article (bar the 20" wheels and blue LED running lights), so it essentially won't change from this.

26 October 2009

Well they have only got 2 months to change it as its being shown in January.

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Our Verdict

Honda CR-V

One of the first 'soft-roaders' returns for a new generation, but while upstarts like the Mazda CX-5 and BMW X3 have moved the segment on, does the Honda bring anything new?

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