Honda Automobiles: 2013 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Gets Performance Enhancements, Fresh Styling and Host of Feature Upgrades

Posted on 19. Nov, 2012 by in Honda Canada

The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes on sale Nov 21, 2012, with a horde of powertrain, styling and underline upgrades adding to a neat seductiveness and sporty handling. More appetite from an all-new Lithium-Ion battery container improves opening while also improving a CR-Z’s already considerable EPA mpg ratings. Styling upgrades embody revised interior trim along with a new front fascia, a new finish for a 16-inch amalgamate wheels, an aerodynamically organic new back diffuser and dual new extraneous colors – Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic.

Standard facilities on all 2013 Honda CR-Z models embody Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, AM/FM/CD/USB audio complement with 6 speakers, involuntary meridian control, appetite windows and doorway locks, remote entrance and journey control. To give drivers even some-more entrance to a CR-Z’s opening capabilities, a 2013 Honda CR-Z is also versed with a new Plus Sport System, that allows additional on-demand electric boost around a steering wheel-mounted “S+” button.

With a starting MSRP of $19,9751, dual CR-Z models are charity for 2013, including a well-equipped bottom CR-Z and a feature-rich CR-Z EX. A six-speed primer delivery is customary apparatus and an involuntary Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available. The up-level CR-Z EX adds Auto-On/Off High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights, LED daytime regulating lights (DRL), a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System with 7 speakers including subwoofer, seperated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The CR-Z EX is also accessible with a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 with FM trade and voice recognition, Pandora® Interface and an SMS content messaging function.

The softened horsepower and torque on a 2013 Honda CR-Z does not come with a fuel-economy penalty, as a new, some-more absolute Lithium-Ion battery container helps boost EPA-rated fuel economy total by 1 mpg city for CVT versed models, and 1 mpg highway for CR-Z models versed with a six-speed primer transmission.

Summary of Changes for 2013

  • Revised front fascia styling
  • New 16-inch amalgamate circle finish
  • New back diffuser
  • New Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • Increased horsepower and torque
  • New Plus Sport System
  • Revised interior trim
  • Available two-tone combi (black/red) seats
  • StandardExpanded View Driver’s Mirror
  • Standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Standard Bluetooth® Audio
  • Standardrearview camera
  • Available Pandora® Interface and SMS content summary function
  • Available LED daytime regulating lights (DRL)
  • New Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic extraneous colors

Powertrain
The CR-Z hybrid powertrain is a singular movement of Honda’s strange IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) technology, that debuted on a 2000 Honda Insight, a initial hybrid car accessible for sale in North America. The complement in a CR-Z utilizes a 1.5-liter   4-cylinder, 16-valve, single-overhead cam engine with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional appetite from a Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system’s DC brushless electric motor.

The hybrid CR-Z’s electric engine assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to constraint kinetic appetite that recharges a new Lithium-Ion battery pack. The gasoline engine can automatically spin off during car stops to urge efficiency. When starting on high inclines from a stop with a primer transmission, mountain start support temporarily prevents a car from rolling retrograde during a impulse between releasing a brake, joyless a stifle and releasing a clutch.

For 2013, support from a electric engine has jumped from 10 kW to 15 kW, interjection to a new aloft voltage (144-volt) Lithium-Ion battery pack. The CR-Z now delivers a total rise outlay of 130 horsepower during 6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque (127 lb-ft. on CVT-equipped models), a benefit of 8 horsepower and 12 lb-ft of torque (4 lb-ft on CVT versed models). Manual-transmission versions also accept both a incomparable purchase and a new revoke final expostulate ratio.

Even with softened performance, EPA fuel economy3 ratings for a 2013 Honda CR-Z have improved. On CVT-equipped models, a EPA city/hwy/combined rating is adult 1 mpg city to 36/39/37 mpg, while models versed with a 6-speed primer delivery see an EPA mpg rating of 31/38/34, a benefit of 1 mpg highway. The CR-Z is also rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in states that belong to California Air Resource Board (CARB) ZEV standards (EPA Tier 2, Bin 2 in all states).

To assistance drivers make use of this softened performance, a new Plus Sport System is customary on a 2013 Honda CR-Z. If a battery is some-more than 50 percent charged and a CR-Z is roving over 19 mph, a motorist can activate this underline regulating a “S+” symbol on a steering wheel. When activated and a accelerator is pressed, electric boost begins, delivering increasing acceleration for adult to 5 seconds. A flashing sign on a dashboard indicates when a Plus Sport System is active. The Plus Sport System can be used in Econ, Normal or Sport modes.

Enhanced 3-Mode Drive System
Activated around 3 backlit buttons to a left of a steering wheel, a CR-Z’s 3-mode expostulate complement allows a motorist to select among 3 particular opening modes:

  • Sport mode enhances engine stifle responsiveness, electric appetite steering bid and a electric engine appetite assist.
  • Normal mode standardizes steering, engine response, engine support and atmosphere conditioning settings.
  • Econ mode can boost a intensity for extended fuel potency by optimizing stifle angle for well-spoken acceleration, revoke engine rpm and tying appetite and torque by approximately 4-percent (except during wide-open throttle). It can also revoke a atmosphere conditioning’s altogether bucket on a engine and cgange a journey control to work some-more efficiently.

Body
The CR-Z’s “one-motion” extraneous crowd figure starts during a low-slung hood to form a extended brazen stance, with a side profile’s deeply inset beltline adding a energetic element. For 2013, a new front fascia and filigree grille assistance dilate a participation of a CR-Z, and this outcome is increasing by a new “floating” revoke front spoiler lip. New brighter chrome plating on a headlight assemblies kaleidoscopic with blue clearcoat spirit during a CR-Z’s hybrid powertrain. The new back diffuser mimics a floating mouth of a front spoiler while also improving aerodynamic performance, and a revoke apportionment of a tail lights accept a same blue clearcoat treatment. Exterior colors embody Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red, North Shore Blue Pearl, Premium White Pearl, new Passion Berry Pearl (exclusive to a Honda CR-Z), and new Polished Metal Metallic.

Chassis
The CR-Z’s front MacPherson strut and back H-shaped torsion lamp cessation are tuned to yield a sporty pushing experience. All 2013 CR-Z models are versed with new darker-tinged 16×6-inch aluminum wheels with finished spoke tips and 195/55R-16 tires, while appendage 17×7 amalgamate wheels with 205/45R-17 tires are available. The customary anti-lock braking complement (ABS) with electronic stop chain (EBD) uses ventilated front discs and plain back discs. The low car height, brief wheelbase and chain of a battery and other hybrid components underneath a back load area serve minister to a low core of sobriety and responsive, sporty handling. Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering enhances steering opening and improves efficiency.

Interior
A high-tech coming and discerning controls conclude a CR-Z’s newly revised interior. For 2013, interior changes embody new lead trim on a doorway pulls and latches, core console, orator grilles and revoke steering-wheel spokes. The middle doorway row has been redesigned to yield easier entrance to a storage space, with a plane bar on a orator housing eliminated, and a bottle hilt combined to a pocket. The door-pad trim has also been upgraded with a new, some-more upscale lamination. For 2013, CR-Z EX and Navi trims will yield an all-new black and red interior trim multiple that adds new two-toned combi seats, and colored accents to a doorway panels and building mats.

The CR-Z’s ultra-modern instrument row gauges irradiate with a 3-dimensional blue tone thesis ensuing in a multi-layered appearance. The top apportionment of a dashboard extends toward a motorist to yield a wraparound cockpit environment. Premium sport-oriented seats are designed to yield organisation parallel support along with bland pushing comfort. A mid-ship console behind a front seats optimizes load space, and a hard-shell separator can be sealed to emanate additional dark storage.

The CR-Z facilities a 6-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio complement with an auxiliary submit jack for tie to a unstable audio player, and all models embody a USB audio interface4 for joining an iPod®5 or other concordant audio device. Other audio facilities embody speed-sensitive volume control and CD/MP3 content readout. The radio information complement shows supplemental programming information from participating radio stations while also charity search-by-genre capability (not accessible on a CR-Z EX with navigation). Now standard, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and a rearview camera serve enhance a CR-Z’s appeal.

A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 is accessible on a CR-Z EX indication and facilities a 6.5-inch shade and rearview camera display. For 2013, CR-Z EX Navi models supplement FM traffic, Pandora® and an SMS content messaging function. The navigation complement database includes some-more than 7-million points of seductiveness and integrates a audio system, while a voice approval underline is able of inputting numbers, travel names and cities, in further to some-more than 600 commands.

Safety
The CR-Z demonstrates a joining to reserve in a pattern and construction. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure helps strengthen car occupants in a frontal collision. Additional reserve technologies include: customary dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; customary front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags, active conduct restraints; an anti-lock braking complement (ABS); a tire vigour monitoring system; and a walking damage slackening pattern in a front of a vehicle.

The Honda CR-Z warranted a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from a Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and 4-star Overall Vehicle Score in sovereign National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) pile-up tests.

Warranty
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is lonesome by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car singular warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain singular warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile gnawing singular warranty, as good as a 15-year/150,000-mile emissions guaranty when a car is purebred and routinely operated in California and certain states that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.

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1 MSRP incompatible tax, license, registration, $790 end assign and options. Dealer prices might vary.
2 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is accessible on a CR-Z EX in a United States, solely Alaska. Please see your Honda play for details.
3 Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison functions only. Your tangible mileage will change depending on how we expostulate and say your vehicle.
4 The USB Audio Interface is used for approach tie to and control of some stream digital audio players and other USB inclination that enclose MP3, WMA or AAC song files. Some USB inclination with confidence program and digital rights-protected files might not work. Please see your Honda play for details.
5 iPod not included. Compatible inclination embody fifth-generation iPods and after and iPod Nano.

Third-party trademarks: The Bluetooth word symbol and logos are owned by a Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such outlines by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is underneath license. iPod is a purebred heading of Apple Inc., purebred in a U.S. and other countries.

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