American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has unveiled the MY2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, and will commence sales of the two-passenger vehicle in the United States late summer.
To start with, the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine along with the sixth version of the carmaker’s compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system, which was first launched on the MY2000 Insight. The Insight is Honda’s first hybrid vehicle in North America introduced in December 1999.
The MY2011 Honda CR-Z features an exterior with a distinct "one-motion" wedge form that originates from the low-slung hood for a broad forward stance.
The vehicle also features a side profile with a deeply inset beltline that suggests a dynamic tension. The hybrid’s short wheelbase and large, wide front grille conveys its sporty presence. Inside, the CR-Z dons a high-tech character and ergonomically intuitive controls.
It features instrument panel meters that illuminate with a three-dimensional blue color theme for a multi-layered look. The upper portion of the dashboard -- set against a motif of black materials and aluminum-style trim accents -- extends toward the driver, for a wrap-around cockpit environment.
The passenger zone, meanwhile, features an open, comfortable space. The CR-Z features premium sport-oriented cloth seats designed to provide outstanding lateral support as well as driving comfort. To optimize cargo space, the hybrid includes a mid-ship console behind the front seats space. For more hidden storage, occupants can close a hard-shell separator. The hybrid is available in two trim levels -- the well-equipped CR-Z and the feature-rich CR-Z EX.
Standard equipment for the CR-Z include: Vehicle Stability Assist; an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers; power windows and door locks; automatic climate control; remote entry; and cruise control. The CR-Z EX has the same features with the addition of: High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights with Auto-On/Off; a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD premium audio system with seven speakers including subwoofer; fog lights; perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink.
Customers could also avail of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition for the CR-Z EX.
John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda, remarked that the CR-Z is a personal sport hybrid coupe for those with “a spirit of adventure” and a heightened sense of responsibility toward the environment. He added that the CR-Z is the first hybrid vehicle that maximizes style and fun while retaining efficiency and economy.