The all-new Honda CR-Z is reportedly arriving in 2018, as per a recent report from Car and Driver. The next-generation CR-Z hybrid sports coupe is under development at Honda’s R&D centre in Tochigi.
The current model has already been discontinued in Europe and Australia and while it was built upon a modified version of the Fit/Jazz platform, the second-generation model share its underpinnings with the next-generation Civic to keep the costs down, as per the report. However, the wheelbase will be shortened by four inches.
The design and styling can be expected to be borrowed from the widely acclaimed & highly anticipated third-generation NSX supercar. The U.S.-spec version will sport the 2.0-liter turbocharged unit borrowed from the all-new Civic Type R but with limited performance-specs, as per the report. The JDM version will get a hybrid configuration though, with a 200 hp+ 1.5-liter i-DCD powertrain mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, adds the report.
The all-new CR-Z should go on sale in early 2018. A concept or prototype can be expected to break cover in 2017 at Tokyo Auto Salon, North American International Auto Show or Geneva Motor Show.
[Source: Car and Driver]