Honda introduced the 2015 CR-Z sports hybrid coupe and announced that the vehicle will be $150 more expensive than the 2014MY. As a result, the 2015 Honda CR-Z starts at $20,145 (6-speed manual), excluding the $790 destination charge.
The vehicle is equipped with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine with Integrated Moor Assist (IMA) electric motor, bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission or the continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. The engine delivers 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque when using the 6-speed manual transmission or 127 lb-ft on CVT models.
When using the manual transmission, the CR-Z returns 38 mpg on the highway, 31 mpg in the city and 34 mpg combined. With the CVT, the CR-Z returns 39 mpg on the highway, 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg combined.
The standard CR-Z and EX trim arrive as standard with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth Audio, rearview camera, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control.
Regarding the other CR-Z models, the CVT-equipped model costs $20,795, excluding the $790 destination charge. The 2015 Honda CR-Z EX 6-speed manual is priced at $21,990, while the CR-Z EX CVT costs $22,640. Meanwhile, the CR-Z EX 6-speed manual with Navi is priced at $23,490 while the CR-Z EX CVT with Navi is priced at $24,140.
The new Honda CR-Z started off as a project to create a sporty coupe that would be launched in the second decade of the 21st century. Thanks to its lightweight construction, compact dimensions and aerodynamic design, the new CR-Z offers a potent performance while consuming less fuel and emitting less pollutants.
Its design employs Honda's past cues like the split level window and shallow sloping roof, and combined them with complex curves and scalloped panels that, until a few years ago, were impossible to produce in large volumes.
Honda acknowledges the fact that modern car design isn't entirely free, as there is a need to consider a number of factors like regulations and policies in shaping new models. For this project, Honda's designers and engineers took the challenge of keeping the sleek low bonnet design of the concepts, fitting a 1.5-liter engine with IMA system, and complying with pedestrian impact regulations.
Working together, engineers and designers trimmed the height of the engine and worked on the suspension and hard points of the body to give enough clearance for bonnet deformation.
Honda employed a one-piece grille -- extending above and below the front bumper line – to enhance the CR-Z’s wide and low stance. This unusual grille serves as the start of a pronounced raised area on the bonnet, and then runs up to the base of the windscreen.
The face of the new CR-Z is completed by wide tapering headlights that extend to the edges of its strongly flared wheels arches. Its daytime running lights are integrated into the lower edges of the headlights.
In a spectacular manner, the curvature at the edge of the windscreen has the greatest angle among current Honda models. Blending nearly seamlessly into the A-pillars and side windows, this windscreen creates a wraparound effect made possible by the rain gutters integrated into the front pillars.
These revolutionary rain gutters are designed to minimize the usual step between the edge of the windscreen and the A-pillar by 50 percent, thereby creating a characteristic aesthetics while reducing aerodynamic turbulence in this section. The integrated look of the windscreen is highlighted by gloss black A-pillars.