2016 Honda CR-Z is one of the fastest vehicles in its class. Sport hybrid electric compact vehicle is becoming more and more popular, and Honda decided to give this futuristic vehicle some influences from one of its most popular sport compacts, of course we are talking about Civic Type R. Since this model is not sold in United States, CR-Z will come to the US as completely market original, but also based on a concept that’s already been tested in Europe and on some other world markets.
2016 Honda CR-Z Review
Information about the the influences of Civic R on the new CR-Z go from a few character lines to the whole platform. Some people think that if this sport hybrid is going to be based on Civic R platform it will need to be modified, and come with a shorter wheel base.
With or without Civic platform, new vehicle is going to come with more aerodynamics in both front and back and it is also possible that Honda will introduce some carbon fiber pieces while trying to decrease this vehicle’s weight. It will also ride low on its 16 inches alloy wheels.
Interior of Honda CR-Z
Interior of 2016 Honda CR-Z is not going to be much different than the one from last year, although since this vehicle might change its platform interior layout might be little bit different from the one we used to. When it comes to hi tech new model will have all its standard features like: Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, six speakers audio system, automatic climate control and AUX and USB inputs.
With some higher trim levels like the EX for example we would be able to use: Automatic HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, seven speaker premium audio system and Honda Satelitte Navigation System as an additional option. EX trim level will also come with Pandora interface, that’s been highly praised in recent few years and text messaging option. With higher trim level you can also expect leather upholstery and steering wheel wrapping.
Honda CR-Z 2016 Engine
Performance is what this model is going to be all about. It will come with 1,5 liter direct injected gas engine which is going to be attached to the electric motor and lithium ion battery. This hybrid powertrain will be able to produce more than 220 horsepower. It is going to be paired with even speed dual clutch transmission system, but they are probably going to keep old six speed manual transmission as well.
2016 Honda CR-Z is going to be the most competitive sport vehicle of whole Honda American range. It will compete with Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS, and with the help of ultra popular Civic R platform it will definitely going to improve its stats and popularity in 2016 model year.
Another thing that will probably make this and some other Honda models more popular is Honda Performance Development package that will come with factory made parts for improving this vehicle’s performance. This will include limited slip differential, supercharger and upgraded clutch disc. Supercharger will only be able to fit on the version that comes with six speed manual transmission.