Honda has updated the sporty CR-Z hybrid with a range of improvements focusing on style and performance. The CR-Z sports a new front bumper design which frames a revised grille which is complemented at the rear by a new aerodynamic diffuser design. Striking 17” alloy wheels fill the wheel arches and two new bold colours, Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet enhance the stylish looks.
The CR-Z’s 1.5-litre petrol engine has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit (ECU). An anti-vibration knock sensor has been introduced and the material of the crankshaft has been upgraded. The electric motor system has also been improved.
The change from a Nickel-metal hybrid (Ni-MH) to a Lithium Ion battery has been accompanied by an increase in power from 14 PS (10 kW) to 20 PS (15 kW).
Honda has introduced a Plus Sport (S+) boost system. If the battery is more than 50% 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. S+ can be used in ECON, Normal or Sport modes.
By Geraldine Ashton Green
Tue, 09 Oct 2012