At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Honda unveiled the updated CR-Z hybrid and as expected the sporty hatch comes with a range of improvements focusing on style and performance. The exterior was slightly modified and features a new front bumper, a revised grille, a new aerodynamic diffuser design and new 17 inch wheels which fill the wheel arches of the GT model.
For the 2013MY, the CR-Z hybrid will offer two new colours: Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet. The interior was also upgraded and features a new colour scheme, while revisions to the door casings improve cabin storage. Under the hood we find an updated version of the 1.5-liter petrol engine delivering 121 PS (outgoing model has 121 PS).
The electric motor has also been improved and now has a Lithium Ion battery (outgoing model has a Nickel-metal hybrid battery) delivering 20 PS (15 kW) – old battery delivered 14 PS (10 kW). The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm of torque (+16 Nm). With these numbers, the car hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.0 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph or 200 km/h.
The combined consumption is 56.5 mpg and 116 g/km of CO2. In order to help the driver make the best use of this sporty performance, Honda introduced the Plus Sport (S+) boost system.
This means that, if the batter is more than 50% charged, the driver can activate this system using the S+ button on the steering wheel. When the accelerator is pressed the electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to ten seconds.
A project aiming to produce a coupe that looks sporty is the origin of Honda CR-Z’s creation. The aerodynamic design, compact dimensions and light construction give a dual advantage of refining performance and improving fuel economy.
Its style has a touch of Honda's precedent having a roof that is narrowly slanted and a window that is a split level type, merging them with intricate curves and scalloped panels. Several years ago, this combination was virtually impossible to produce in a massive scale.
The growing number of policies and regulations, which affect the body of the new models, place a lot of restrictions for modern cars. The main challenge of Honda’s designers was to retain the smooth low bonnet style of the initial design research while taking up the 1.5-liter engine with Integrated Motor Assist system and conforming to the pedestrian impact requirements. The company’s engineers were very diligent in collaborating with the designers to decrease the engine’s height. They also worked on the hard points of the body and suspension to give way for enough leeway for hood deformation.
Through the uncommon one piece grille, the low and wide stance is improved at the front of the car. This grille spreads over the bumper line in front. It is also a basic characteristic of the vehicle's "face". It has a prominent elevated part of the hood continuing from the line on the top right portion to the bottom of the windshield. The wide narrowing headlights spread unto the edges of the toughly flared arches of wheels. The headlights also have a DRL tastefully incorporated to the lowest part.