Honda promises to make the discontinued CR-Z more exciting than before. The model last appeared in 2016 which featured a hybrid hatchback. However, the poor sales figures forced Honda to discontinue its production thereafter. The CR-Z is supposedly a superior update to CR-X.
But apart from its stunningly sportier looks, Honda did not manage to make this vehicle reach its standards. It is high time that they make plans for releasing refreshed versions of this vehicle in the form of a brand new 2018 Honda CR-Z.
2018 Honda CR-Z – External Body Parts and Inner Cosmetic Changes
Honda bases most of its celebrated models on the Civic platform. So, unlike the not-so-interesting CR-X, the new model bases its looks on the Civic model platform. Expect this newer vehicle with sharper features. The eye-catching hues and sharper edges are sure to attract the style-hungry potential buyers. Add to it an exciting lighting arrangement and the new Honda CR-Z 2018 is born.
Note however that Honda has not confirmed the exact rendering of the outcome. The other usual upgrades include slicker front grille and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Potential buyers can also expect LED DRLs with LED brake light assist systems.
From the Inside:
Expect a lot of switches and buttons in this new version of 2018 CR-Z. Honda promises to install a completely digital console panel. Lucky owners of this vehicle will get lots of shiny aluminium finish on its steering wheel. Add to this a bit of aluminium on the sports inspired pedals as well. Manufacturers claim a top-end driving experience with this new model. Quality leather upholstery will come as standard and that will likely continue in its intuitive steering wheels.
2018 Honda CR-Z – Powertrain
Honda plans to release two variants of 2018 Honda CR-Z – one for the European and another for the US market. Insiders rumour that it will likely be borrowed from the Honda Civic R-type. One of its principle engine variants includes a 2.0-litres 4-cylinder VTEC gasoline engine. This will expectedly produce an excess of 300 hp and 290 lb-ft. of torque.
Expect this Honda CR-Z 2018 to come with an FWD drivetrain. According to the automakers, power will be transferred to its wheels from the engine with a fresh 6-speed manual transmission. To further its efficiency, this vehicle is more than 200 lbs. lesser than the current model. This will help the vehicle rev from 0-60mph in less than 5.5 seconds.
Although the Japs have not released further information on its powertrain, it will surely reach a top speed of around 140 mph. Although it might not be as fast as its rivals, it surely will provide a better overall riding experience.
2018 Honda CR-Z – Pricing and Release Date
Honda has not yet revealed the launch date of this new vehicle. Ever since its discontinuation 2 years back, there have been multiple rumours of a re-release. But the extremely smaller scale figures forced Honda to shift this 2018 Honda CR-Z to at least 2019. This vehicle might hit dealerships with the base trim coming in at around $30,000 excluding additional packs or higher trims.