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Honda CR-Z hybrid concept

By luanpa in | January 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Honda CR-Z hybrid concept

Honda debut the CR-Z hybrid sports concept car as its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The CR-Z wil be the next-generation lightweight sports car of Honda Brand.

The Honda CR-Z’s interior follows the design theme of “Hi-tech and Sporty,” achieved by a very futuristic instrument panel. The CR-Z’s gauge cluster can glow in three different colors, depending on which driving mode is activated (Econ, Normal or Sport). Honda also designed the interior to seem very airy and spacious by using mesh material on a simple framework. Overall, the CR-Z’s interior looks similar to that of the Honda Insight. The goal was to create an all-new sporty interior that fuses the liberating feel of airy spaciousness with an advanced interface that brings out the fun of driving. Mesh material on a simple framework construction is used throughout the interior to convey a light, sophisticated image.

Honda CR-Z concept is equipped with Honda’s original gas-electric hybrid system that achieves both clean performance and a high level of torque. Honda says CR-Z stands for ‘Compact Renaissance Zero.’ However Honda explains how they ended up with the CR-Z name, the car is an obvious successor to the popular CRX hatchback of the 1980s and early ’90s.

The Honda CR-Z concept features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid technology. Overall output of the system is 122 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. Despite those rather meager figures, the CR-Z achieves just 36/38mpg city-highway in CVT form, with the standard manual transmission dropping those numbers to 31/37. Still, the CR-Z is slightly more efficient than your typical sporty hatchback.

Pricing has yet to be announced but expect more on that front as we near the CR-Z’s launch date later this year.

Honda CR-Z hybrid concept

Honda CR-Z hybrid concept



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