2007 Honda CR-Z Concept

October 24, 2007




Like many Tokyo Motor Show concept vehicles, the Honda CR-Z is meant to give viewers a sense of what’s to come. In this case, the sleek little coupe – reminiscent of Honda’s classic CRX – provides a hint of “the new direction for our next-generation sports car,” suggested CEO Takeo Fukui.



The basic design of the three-door, with its CRX-influenced, double-glass hatch, is the third attempt to field a suitable replacement for the CRX, and it seems more than doable. The design appears ready to leap into motion at the slightest provocation. And its large, 19-inch wheels and tires hint at the fun it would be to get behind the wheel. According to Fukui , the goal is to create a sense of “easy driving,” so don’t expect something meant to compete with the likes of the new Nissan GT-R.



The interior is relatively stark, considering the way many Japanese makers fill their Tokyo concepts with video screens and other electronic gewgaws, but the high-tech lighting and mesh finish provide a simple yet sleek look to the CRX that suggests that this is a real "driver's car."



But what’s driving the car is definitely not what made your father’s CRX go around the block. The CR-Z features a new hybrid system set to debut in 2009, noted Fukui, and while the automaker didn’t provide many details, it’s expected to be a full hybrid system, meaning it has the capability to operate on electric power alone in some low-speed situations.



UPDATE: Interior moves


A proud young man on the Honda stand was Yosuke Shimizu, who designed interior of the CR-Z hybrid concept.


The Japanese firm has already confirmed the 2+2 car will form the basis of a new eco-friendly sports model, in the mold of the long-departed CRX.



The Tokyo Motor Show prototype featured a minimalist black and white cabin, with plenty of blue neon around the center console. It also had a glass-finish instrument panel to house the switchgear, which the driver presses to activate the required function.



The final CR-Z won’t appear until at least 2010, so the job of penning the production interior hasn’t yet been assigned by Shimizu ’s bosses. But he said it would be a great honor for him to do. He joked that a positive reaction from press and public at the Tokyo Motor Show would help his cause!



o which elements of the concept would he keep? “The interior is the interface between the human driver and the car, so it is an important element of all vehicles. I would love to keep the glass dashboard, and also the thin mesh and frame front seats. Because their thinness it creates extra space for rear passengers. But it comes down to cost and also the rules and regulations on things like safety.”




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