Honda revealed for the first time the strong 2013 CR-Z at the Indonesia Auto Show in September. Next we had the opportunity to see it at the Paris Motor Show a few days later. Now, the North American customers have received the updated model and sales are scheduled to begin today.
The new Honda CR-Z receives a new lithium-ion battery that improves the mpg ratings and the performance in the same time. It also receives different styling upgrades both for the interior and exterior. The 1.5-liter gasoline engine that powers the motor together with the electric motor has a combined output of 130 horsepower and 140 lb .ft. of torque. In terms of mechanical improvements, the engineers have also offered a larger clutch and a new lower final drive ratio for the models equipped with a manual transmission. This is not all. Honda has also offered a new Plus Sport System available on all 2013 CR-Z units. This can be used when the battery id charged more than 50% and the car is travelling over 19 mph.
The model offers a 1 mpg improvement in city driving with a CVT and 1 mpg on the highway for the manual version. In terms of exterior, Honda specialists have provided a new front fascia with a mesh grille and a lower spoiler lip, a redesigned rear diffuser and a blue clear coat treatment for the taillights. To transfer the output to the road, they have fitted it with 16-inch alloy wheels and two new colors called Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic. On the inside, we will find new metallic trim on the center console, door pulls and latches, speaker grilles and lower steering wheels spokes. The new 2013 Honda CR-Z will be available in two trim levels. For the base version and the EX, the carmaker has established a stating price of $19.975.
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