After teasing us with a
few fleeting images
of its updated CR-Z on its website, Honda has now released full details on the car following its debut today at the 2012 Paris Auto Show
. Our prediction Honda engineers would be adding more power to the CR-Z has come true, though the new figures are hardly what you’d call impressive.
Honda has increased output from both the both the CR-Z’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor. Working in unison, the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system of the CR-Z now delivers a combined peak of 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque (with the manual transmission), a whole 8 horsepower and 12 pound-feet of torque more than the outgoing model.
On CVT-equipped models, the EPA city/hwy/combined rating is up 1 mpg city to 36/39/37 mpg, while models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission see an EPA mpg rating of 31/38/34, a gain of 1 mpg highway.
Sadly, the 0-60 mph time is still slow, taking more than 9.0 seconds with the CVT. Manual versions are said to be slightly quicker, however.
One new feature is a Plus Sport (S+) boost system. If the battery is more than 50 percent charged, the driver can activate this system using the S+ button on the steering wheel. When the accelerator is pressed the electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to ten seconds. A flashing gauge on the dashboard indicates when the system is active.
The revised CR-Z can be identified by a range of styling upgrades that include a new bumper, 17-inch alloys, and revisions to the interior trim.
Pricing is set at $19,975.