The all-new Honda ZR-V mid-sized SUV might have solely simply began arriving in Australia, however the top-spec hybrid model is already bought out for 2023.
The Japanese model has launched a variety of 4 variants for its new rival to the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4, and the most costly one — the ZR-V e:HEV LX, at $54,900 drive-away — has been the standout alternative for patrons.
Talking on the launch of the brand new mannequin, Honda Australia director Carolyn McMahon mentioned the model had a really robust order financial institution for the petrol variations, however the hybrid has been the spotlight for the books, to this point.
Ms McMahon mentioned the model is lastly beginning to see stronger automobile provide that ought to see the corporate push in the direction of its said goal of 20,000 gross sales in a calendar 12 months, and the ZR-V is anticipated to play a sizeable half in that.
“The order financial institution for the brand new Honda ZR-V for petrol variants is a few months out, and our hybrid is out to December. So, we’re seeing actually robust demand,” she mentioned.
“I simply obtained again from Bangkok earlier within the week, and we’re locking in some actually nice help, and our Honda Centres are preparing to have the ability to ship at that 20,000 mark in This autumn of this 12 months, Q1 subsequent 12 months.
“So, I’m actually trying ahead to that as a result of demand is de facto actually robust in the intervening time for us. Although you’re not seeing it within the retail numbers, definitely our order financial institution may be very, very robust,” she mentioned.
The ZR-V e:HEV hybrid makes use of a well-known powertrain – a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine teamed to a pair of electrical motors and an e-CVT automated transmission with front-wheel drive. It has mixed outputs of 135kW and 315Nm.
Honda Australia has expressed its want so as to add extra reasonably priced petrol-electric ZR-V variants sooner or later, however the firm was unable to stipulate precise timings for any such additions.
The brand new-generation CR-V SUV, which might be bigger than the present mannequin and is because of launch within the coming months, is about to additionally function a range-topping e:HEV LX grade.