2007 brought the preliminary version of the Honda CR-Z; a concept which debuted at the Tokyo auto show. Visitors to 2009’s Tokyo auto show will see a reworked version of the CR-Z, surely 99% similar to the production version we’ll see in the summer of 2010.
Setting the release date of the Honda CR-Z for next summer and releasing this “concept” in Tokyo is the clear indicator that Honda has no plans to change the car. It’s obviously highly unlikely that a production debut in the spring would change anything other than the wheels, mirrors, and bumpers (regulations of different countries mandate this anyway).
Plans to equip the CR-Z (Concept Renaissance Zero) with a 1.5L gas-electric powerplant are moving forward. Thankfully, as a car destined for sportiness, the CR-Z will not be fitted with a CVT but rather a 6-speed manual transmission. The design of the CR-Z is very, very CRX-like – a good thing in the eyes of The Good Car Guy. Small, sporty cars should appeal to a specific cross-section of consumers. The CR-Z’s unique powertrain and unique design might be a precursor of things to come from Honda, a company criticized of late for…. well, letting go.