Honda unveils the CR-Z Hybrid facelift

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 17, 2012

Honda unveiled a reworked version of the CR-Z hybrid coupé before it is presented at the upcoming Paris motor show. The facelifted CR-Z will receive slight modifications to its interior and interior. However, the more major changes are those under the bonnet.

The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and electric motor have been tweaked to offer more power, resulting to an output of 122bhp in the existing car.

Honda will release the full details about its power at the Paris show. Honda has clarified that these revisions won’t make any effect on exhaust emissions, which are presently recorded to be 117g/km.

Honda will also be introducing a Civic powered by the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which is the first engine in Europe to make use of Honda’s efficient new Earth Dreams Technology.

With a 118hp output, this engine offers 78.5mpg and a CO2 emissions level of 94g/km. Honda will also be displaying the recently tested new CR-V and the EV-STER lightweight roadster concept that debuted at the Tokyo show. Honda is celebrating the Civic’s 40th anniversary.

The Honda CR-Z’s design is centered on driver enjoyment and its chassis plays an essential role in creating the car’s character. The new coupe hybrid’s platform shares certain components or elements with the Insight, but its wheelbase, set-up, and track width are all specific for it.

Exterior styling for the CR-Z is formed around what is called a “one-motion wedge” concept, characterized by a low bonnet line and a wide stance, giving the car an athletic and exciting look that appeals to younger drivers. Its design features, like its aerodynamic, shallow raked roofline and split-level rear glass hatch, are reminiscent of Honda CRX, but have been brought up-to-date with muscular sculpting.

For the first time, a low-emission and fuel-efficient parallel hybrid system combined with a driver-focused and precise six-speed manual gearbox is made possible because of the Honda IMA hybrid system’s flexibility.

The car’s manual transmission is complemented by its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This medium-capacity engine is a key component in the unique offering of the CR-Z and it has an eager-to-rev nature, enhanced by an additional 78Nm of torque that is provided by its 14PS electric motor. This motor is fitted between the transmission and the engine.

Combined with the torque and power of the Honda IMA parallel hybrid system, the CR-Z’s engine delivers a total power output of 124PS and a torque of 174Nm. The peak torque figure is similar to that of the 1.8-liter Honda Civic, but the difference is in the CR-Z’s 117g/km of CO2 emissions (which is 35 g/km fewer than Civic’s 1.8-liter model).

What’s more, the CR-Z’s electric motor gives it a flat torque curve, which is unusual and comes with a maximum arriving of 1500rpm. For a naturally aspirated engine, 1500rpm is unusually low. Plus, with a six-speed manual transmission, the car’s IMA-assisted engine offers great in-gear flexibility, a sporty exhaust note, and low exhaust emissions.

In order to maximize the driver choice and to enhance its day-to-day drivability, the CR-Z has also been fitted with a unique feature: a 3-Mode Drive System. This feature allows you to choose from three driving modes that alter the responses of the steering, throttle, idle stop timing, the level of IMA system assistance, and the climate control.

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