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Report: 2016 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Getting Mild Refresh

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/30/2015 Jason Udy

Honda is giving its subcompact sports hybrid hatchback a mild refresh, Automotive News reports. First arriving in Japan in October, the updated 2016 Honda CR-Z will hit the U.S. in November.

The revamped 2016 Honda CR-Z is said to get a new front fascia featuring “a wing-like lip that cups the grille and flares around enlarged fog lights.” The rear wheels are moved out for a more aggressive stance, while the rear end features styling revisions similar to the front end. Brake rotors increase an inch from 10.3 inches and 10.2 inches, respectively, while new wheels feature an open design to better view the upgraded brakes.

A new electric parking brake switch replaces the parking brake lever freeing up space between the seats for a new driver’s armrest. A touchscreen infotainment system with active noise cancelling technology and engine revving sounds is also new.

2016 Honda CR Z Japanese Spec Rear Threee Quarters© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Honda CR Z Japanese Spec Rear Threee Quarters The U.S.-market car won’t get the full LED headlights featured in the Japanese model.

With the Insight hybrid and Ridgeline pickup gone for 2015, the Honda CR-Z is now the automaker’s slowest selling model. During its reveal, chief engineer Terukazu Torikai said the CR-Z is the automaker’s signature model because it is fun to drive and environmentally friendly.

“It basically has no competitors, it the only sports hybrid,” Torikai said. Still the CR-Z only has a small following with some saying it’s not much of a sports car or very fuel efficient for a hybrid. In our testing, the 122-hp 2011 Honda CR-Z reached 60 mph in 8.3-8.7 seconds. The 2015 Honda CR-Z is rated 31-36/38-39/34-37 mpg city/highway/combined depending on transmission. Currently, the Honda CR-Z makes 130 hp.

Honda has sold just 1,562 CR-Z models in the first half of 2015. That’s down 34 percent compared to the same period last year. With the facelift, the automaker hopes to see sales increase to 3,500-5,000 units annually. Last year, Honda sold 3,562 CR-Z hybrids in the U.S.

Report: 2016 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Getting Mild Refresh

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

2016 Honda CR Z Japanese Spec Front Three Quarters© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Honda CR Z Japanese Spec Front Three Quarters
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