Honda Motor Co. announced that the all-new CR-Z hybrid vehicle will go on sale in Japan on Friday, February 26, 2010. CR-Z combines a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and Honda’s proprietary Integrated Motor Assist system, and creates fusion between futuristic and dynamic styling and exhilarating driving, along with an impressive fuel economy of 59 miles per gallon. Sales of the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid will start in the U.S. in the mid second quarter of 2010.
Mugen Honda CR-Z
The highly modified sport version of the Honda CR-Z is the Mugen Honda CR-Z. Customers will be able to choose from a number of modifications including a new body kit and daytime running lights. Interior enhancement includes a Mugen gear shifter and carbon fiber accent to dials and knobs.
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2011 Honda CR-Z made its debut in Detroit International Auto Show. The all-new redesign 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe is sleek and sporty. It is ready to take on the hybrid world with a racing spirit in mind. The CR-Z sport hybrid is for people with spirit of adventure and sensible to global environment. So Honda is set to change the image of the bland hybrid car world with the introduction of the CRZ. It will be a fun to drive car with maximum fuel efficiency.
The CR-Z offers futuristic styled interior with a high-tech appearance and ergonomically intuitive controls. Instrument panel meters illuminate with a three-dimensional, vibrant blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered appearance. Set against a motif of textured black materials and aluminum-style trim accents. To optimize cargo space, a mid-ship console behind the front seats is added for cargo space with a hard-shell separator can be closed to create additional hidden storage.
CR-Z’s hybrid powertrain is a 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single overhead cam engine with i-VTEC that receives additional power from the IMA system’s DC brushless electric motor. The 10-kilowatt electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy that recharges the 100-volt IMA nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The gasoline engine can automatically turn off during vehicle stops to improve efficiency. The combined peak output of 122 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft. of torque at 1,000 to 1,500 rpm. Estimated fuel economy with a rating of 36 city/38 highway miles per gallon on CVT-equipped models. Manual transmission models at an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 31 city/37 highway miles per gallon.
The standard six-speed manual transmission is engineered for optimal acceleration performance in gears one through five and for optimal fuel economy in sixth gear. The CR-Z comes with standard 16×6-inch aluminum wheels with 195/55 R16 86V tires, and 17×7 alloy wheels with 205/45R17 84V tires with are available. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses ventilated front discs and solid rear discs.
The 2011 Honda CR-Z is set to go on sale late summer in the U.S. The two-passenger CR-Z introduces a new three-mode drive system that allows the driver to select between Sport, Economy and Normal driving modes. Watch the video from Motor Trend below.