Honda unveils production hybrid CR-Z

Honda unveils production hybrid CR-Z

Honda CR-Z production fq

After a few weeks worth of leaked images and speculation, Honda has finally pulled the covers off its next new production hybrid hatchback. The CR-Z has been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show with Honda claiming that it will bring back the kind of driving joy that hasn’t been felt since the CRX ended production.

The two-seat CR-Z uses a 122-horsepower 4-cylinder 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that produces up to 128 ft-lb of torque with a manual transmission.  That number lowers to 123 ft-lb when using the CVT. The engine is mated with a 10-kW electric motor running off a 100-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack in the trunk.

Top speed and sprint times have not yet been released.

The CR-Z boasts kinetic energy recovery and regenerative braking and automatic start/stop also helps conserve fuel, as does the three driving modes (“sport,” “econ,” and “normal”).

The car comes standard with the six-speed manual gearbox, which also includes hill assist.  A paddle-shift CVT will be available at a higher cost. All CR-Z models will get a sporty suspension, comprised of a MacPherson strut unit up front and H-shaped torsion beam at back.

16-inch aluminum wheels come standard, though customers can opt for 17-inch alloys.  The wheels surround ventilated front discs (solid in back), which hook up to the antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution.

There is no word yet on pricing.

Honda CR-Z production fq

After a few weeks worth of leaked images and speculation, Honda has finally pulled the covers off its next new production hybrid hatchback. The CR-Z has been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show with Honda claiming that it will bring back the kind of driving joy that hasn’t been felt since the CRX ended production.

The two-seat CR-Z uses a 122-horsepower 4-cylinder 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that produces up to 128 ft-lb of torque with a manual transmission.  That number lowers to 123 ft-lb when using the CVT. The engine is mated with a 10-kW electric motor running off a 100-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack in the trunk.

Top speed and sprint times have not yet been released.

The CR-Z boasts kinetic energy recovery and regenerative braking and automatic start/stop also helps conserve fuel, as does the three driving modes (“sport,” “econ,” and “normal”).

The car comes standard with the six-speed manual gearbox, which also includes hill assist.  A paddle-shift CVT will be available at a higher cost. All CR-Z models will get a sporty suspension, comprised of a MacPherson strut unit up front and H-shaped torsion beam at back.

16-inch aluminum wheels come standard, though customers can opt for 17-inch alloys.  The wheels surround ventilated front discs (solid in back), which hook up to the antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution.

There is no word yet on pricing.

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