The CR-Z concept which Honda revealed at the 2009 Tokyo
Motor Show is the pre-production prototype version of
the car. The new CR-Z was initially revealed back in 2007
(see 2007 CR-Z Concept)
in pure concept form, and although the styling is still
quite similar, there are several changes which make the
vehicle more production feasible.
First up the lines of the 2009 CR-Z concept are crisper
and more defined than those of the original version. The
windows have also increased in size, and the glass roof
has been replaced with a conventional metal one. The original
concept was fitted with rearview cameras instead of side
mirrors, and unsurprisingly the production car will get
the mirrors option. Other minor changes include revised
grille shapes and more conventional headlights.
Despite the performance orientated looks the CR-Z is actually
equipped with a fuel-economic parallel hybrid drivetrain.
This system uses a combination of a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder
engine, and an electric motor. The transmission is handled
by a manual six-speed manual gearbox.
The Honda CR-Z is essentially going to be the 'sporty
option' in Honda's hybrid vehicle lineup. And it will
actually be one of the first sports orientated dedicated
hybrid vehicles on the market.