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.