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Honda CR-Z Unveiled in Tokyo

Thinly disguised concept will come to U.S.

by on Oct.21, 2009

Minus the small back seat, the Honda CR-Z concept unveiled in Tokyo is what American motorists will see, in production trim, at January's Detroit Auto Show.

Minus a back seat, CR-Z will be at January's North American International Auto Show.

The Tokyo Motor Show is famous for its wild and wacky concept vehicles, but perhaps it makes sense, during the year that the show al but implodes, that the few makers still displaying at Makuhari Messe reveal concepts grounded more than ever in reality.

Like the Honda CR-Z, the latest take on the stylish, sporty hybrid coupe – but this one just a thinly-disguised version of the gasoline-electric vehicle soon to go into production.  The big difference between show car and production model?

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On the Tokyo stand, the 2010 Honda CR-Z concept is featured with a small rear seat.  In the American edition, Honda confirms, it will be offered in just 2-seat trim.  The changes from the gen-1 concept are modest, notably a more upright windshield and a higher roofline, which should make it possible for American drivers to actual sit inside the hybrid coupe.  The gaping grille is one of the more sporty details held over from the original CR-Z concept, which was designed as a paean to the long-lamented Honda CR-X.