If you didn’t know already, hang on, because we’re gonna be assaulted by Asian concept cars these weeks, when Tokyo Motor Show is almost here. And here’s the first one. The Honda CR-Z concept car, which shows Honda’s vision of the next generation lightweight sports car. The CR-Z (Compact Renaissance Zero) will be unveiled at Tokyo and it represents Honda’s attempt to change the current compact car design.
CR-Z – an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.
View more photos and the press release after the jump.
Full Gallery: Honda CR-Z Concept
CR-Z stands for “Compact Renaissance Zero” an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.
This design research model of a lightweight hybrid sports car features advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.
Designed to be “Futuristic and Dynamic”, the CR-Z combines powerful performance in a compact form with a futuristic image. For its frontal view, an over-sized grill with a high- performance look is offset by openings on each side that lighten the overall feel. In the rear, tube-shaped rear combination lamps ensure better rearward visibility. Design details emphasizing the CR-Z’s advanced image include door mirrors that provide high visibility in a stylish form, LED headlights patterned after luminous bodies to convey a sharp impression, and jaunty fin-shaped sub-lights. Large, 19-inch wheels are ready for dynamic driving performance.
The key words for the CR-Z’s interior design are “Hi-tech and Sporty”. The goal was to create an all-new sporty interior that fuses the liberating feel of airy spaciousness with an advanced interface that brings out the fun of the drive. Mesh material on a simple framework construction is used throughout the interior to convey a light, sophisticated image without being oppressive. In the cockpit, the meter unit conveys the image of advanced technology ensconced in a piece of glass artwork, offering the functionality of immediate recognition while enhancing the driving experience with a futuristic and exhilarating feeling.