The successor to Honda's iconic CR-X is one step closer to its production debut, with the Japanese automaker set to display the latest version of its sporty hybrid concept at the Tokyo motor show. Called the CR-Z Concept 2009, it is the second version of the show car unveiled by the company in as many years.
Honda has been toying with the notion of bringing a hybrid powered sports car to market for a few years now, having displayed the Remix concept in 2006 and following it up with the Small Hybrid Sports concept in 2007. First shown in concept form at the 2007 Tokyo motor show, the CR-Z Concept was closest in form to the CR-X, and this most recent prototype doesn't differ greatly from its precursor. It is still a compact, agile-looking coupe with a forward-lurching DLO, fastback roofline and rear glass panel across the vertical tailgate; the latter design element clearly paying homage to the 20-year old CR-X.
The CR-Z is tipped to employ Honda's IMA technology, with the company gushing that it will be the world's first hybrid sports car and the first ever petrol-electric vehicle to employ a six-speed manual transmission। The production version goes on sale in Japan early in the new year.