The Honda CR-Z was first introduced in 2007 as a concept car. Since 2010, this hybrid hatchback has been in production. It was presented as an inspiration from the Honda CR-X which was a sporty and compact sedan. Despite the visual similarities, 2017 Honda CR-Z is really different especially in the technical aspect. It’s Honda’s idea of a sporty hybrid car.
2017 Honda CR-Z Design
The sporty appearance of this car is the catchiest feature. It gives it an aggressive look. 2017 Honda CR-Z concept shares a platform with the Honda Type R. This tells us to expect a shorter wheel base for better aerodynamics in the body. The exterior will come in slightly enhanced dimensions and some new features. The front fascia will have a revamp. The three-bar stocky rectangular grille will incorporate an air vent. The wider wheel base plus alloy-wheel coverings add captivation to the package. The lifted rear will have its back bumper displaying twin-exhausts from underneath. Both the front and tail lights will feature LED technology.
The interior does play along in delivering luxury. It has plenty of accessories and hi-tech gadgets. The update satellite navigation system has handy features such as automatic cruise control, car parking assistant and front collision-prevention unit. The car comes with the latest infotainment system housing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, USB ports, quality audio support, redesigned console and a touch screen display.
2017 Honda CR-Z will take plenty of characteristics from the 2016 model. The changes will mostly be visual. It will come with a slightly shorter wheel base, new bumpers and added color options. The features we expect to see added to the interior are an electric parking brake, 7.0-inch touch screen display and a push start button.
Engine and Performance
This Honda CR-Z model will use an inline four 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged powertrain which will generate 286 horsepower. The power will be sent to the front wheels and will rely on suspension from the Type –R model. That includes limited slip-differential and new dual axis strut. Honda also officially announced the CR-Z hybrid engine. This will be an alternative powertrain option combining a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor. This inline four direct injected 1.5-liter petrol engine will have the ability to generate 220 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. With this power, the car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6 seconds and attain a maximum speed of 140 mph.Power will be conveyed to the front wheels through a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The 2017 Honda CR-Z will have an improved fuel consumption of 36 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
The 2017 Honda CR-Z concept version is to premier in 2016 while the production version will be released in early 2017. The price has not yet been officiated but it’s speculated to be about $ 21,000.
This car will be available to Japanese and US buyers. It’s designed as a successor to the Honda CR-X and shares a platform with Type-R. It falls in the same class of competition with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.