Honda plans to launch two new hybrid vehicles next year: a sporty coupe based on 2007’s CR-Z concept car and a hybrid version of the compact Fit. Both cars are due in the second half of next year and in the lead up to their arrival, Honda has previewed the sportier model with its latest ‘CR-Z Concept 2009’ show car that makes it's world debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
The CR-Z Concept 2009 takes the original 2007 CR-Z concept car and refines its wedge shape into something that looks a little more practical and feasible for production.
While the vehicle displayed at this year's Tokyo event is still a concept, the production version that will be introduced to North America for sale in the second half of 2010 will be packaged as a sporty two-seater hybrid (the concept features a rear seat). If you're wondering, Honda has confirmed that the production CR-Z will make its world debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show next January.
Designed as a spiritual successor to the original Honda CRX, the production version of the CR-Z is expected to be powered by a compact four-cylinder engine displacing less than 2.0-liters and matched to an electric motor. The combined output for the car should be close to 140-horsepower, with drive sent to the front wheels via a CVT.