Honda debuts 2013 CR-Z hybrid at Paris Motor Show

The 2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid made its debut at Paris Motor Show. Honda has updated the sporty CR-Z hybrid with a range of improvements focusing on style and performance. The 2013 CR-Z can be identified by a range of styling upgrades that emphasise the coupe’s sporty appeal. Style conscious motorists will appreciate the CR-Z’s new front bumper design, which frames a revised grille. This is complemented at the rear by a new aerodynamic diffuser design, while striking 17inch alloy wheels fill the wheel arches of the GT model. Two bold new colours, Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet, further enhance the CR-Z’s stylish looks. The 2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid features a Lithium Ion battery for the first time.

Honda has updated the hybrid’s interior by introducing a new material for the seats and door lining and a new colour scheme. Revisions to the door casings improve cabin storage, while new LED lights create a high quality feel at night. On GT models, the sporty appeal of the cabin is further enhanced by the addition of red detailing on the steering wheel, gear knob, seat and door trim. Subtle revisions to the exterior and interior enhance the styling of the car whilst the power of both the petrol engine and electric motor has been increased without comprising fuel economy or increasing exhaust emissions.

The CR-Z’s 1.5-liter petrol engine has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit (ECU). An anti-vibration knock sensor has been introduced and the material of the crankshaft has been upgraded. The peak power output has been increased from 114 PS to 121 PS. The electric motor system has also been improved. The change from a Nickel-metal hybrid (Ni-MH) to a Lithium Ion battery has been accompanied by an increase in power from 14 PS (10 kW) to 20 PS (15 kW).

Working in unison, the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system now delivers a combined output of 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm of torque (+16 Nm). The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time falls from 9.7 sec to 9.0 sec and top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph). The combined consumption is 5.0 l/km (56.5 mpg) and 116 g/km of CO2. The revised CR-Z will go on sale in January 2013.

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