Updated 2013 Honda CR-Z priced at $19,975

The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes on sale November 21, 2012, with that it hosts an upbeat powertrain, new styling features, and many other upgrades. Lets checkout whats up in the new Honda CR-Z.

Powertrain:
The new Honda CR-Z gets more power from the all-new Lithium-Ion battery pack, the 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 power from the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system’s DC brushless electric motor. The gasoline engine can automatically turn off during vehicle stops to improve efficiency. The engine now delivers a combined peak output of 130 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque (127 lb-ft. on CVT-equipped models), a gain of eight horsepower and 12 lb-ft of torque (4 lb-ft on CVT equipped models). Manual-transmission versions also receive both a larger clutch and a new lower final drive ratio. And beacuse of the electric motor, EPA ratings have improved, on CVT-equipped models, the EPA city/hwy/combined rating is up 1 mpg city to 36/39/37 mpg, while models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission see an EPA mpg rating of 31/38/34, a gain of 1 mpg highway. The CR-Z is also rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in states that adhere to California Air Resource Board (CARB) ZEV standards (EPA Tier 2, Bin 2 in all states). Also a new Plus Sport System is standard on the 2013 Honda CR-Z, if incase the battery is more than 50 % charged and the vehicle is traveling over 19 mph, the driver can activate this feature using the “S+” button on the steering wheel. The Plus Sport System can be used in Econ, Normal or Sport modes.

Body:

The 2013 Honda CR-Z’s exterior wedge shape begins at its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance, with its side profile’s deeply inset beltline adding a dynamic element, and then there is this new front fascia and mesh grille which helps to widen its presence of the CR-Z, and this effect is increased by the new “floating” lower front spoiler lip. There are new brighter and more splendid chrome plating on the headlight assemblies tinged with blue clearcoat hint at the CR-Z’s hybrid powertrain. The new rear diffuser immitates the floating lip of the front spoiler while also improving aerodynamic performance, and the lower portion of the tail lights receive the same blue clearcoat treatment. Exterior colors include Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red, North Shore Blue Pearl, Premium White Pearl, new Passion Berry Pearl (exclusive to the Honda CR-Z), and new Polished Metal Metallic.

The CR-Z ‘s front MacPherson strut and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension are tuned to provide a sporty driving experience. All 2013 CR-Z models are equipped with new darker-tinged 16×6-inch aluminum wheels with finished spoke tips and 195/55R-16 tires, while accessory 17×7 alloy wheels with 205/45R-17 tires are available. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses ventilated front discs and solid rear discs.

Interior:
Inside the new Honda CR-Z, changes include, new metallic trim on the door pulls and latches, center console, speaker grilles and lower steering-wheel spokes, the inner door panel has been redesigned, the door-pad trim has also been upgraded with a new, more upscale lamination, and for 2013, CR-Z EX and Navi trims will provide an all-new black and red interior trim combination that adds new two-toned combi seats, and colored accents to the door panels and floor mats. the car features ultra-modern instrument panel gauges which illuminates with a 3-dimensional blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered appearance,Premium sport-oriented seats are designed to provide firm lateral support.
And as for the Infotainment inside the new 2013 Honda CR-Z, it features a 6-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary input jack for connection to a portable audio player, and all models include a USB audio interface4 for connecting an iPod 5 or other compatible audio device. Other audio features include speed-sensitive volume control and CD/MP3 text readout. Standard features are Bluetooth, HandsFreeLink, and a rearview camera further expand the CR-Z’s appeal. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System 2 is available on the CR-Z EX model and features a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera display. For 2013, CR-Z EX Navi models add FM traffic, Pandora and an SMS text messaging function. The navigation system database includes more than 7-million points of interest and integrates the audio system, while the voice recognition feature is capable of inputting numbers, street names and cities, in addition to more than 600 commands.

Safety

The new 2013 Honda CR-Z assures a safe drive, with Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure helps protect vehicle occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include: standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, standard front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), a tire pressure monitoring system; and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle. And the best part is that, the Honda CR-Z has earned a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and 4-star Overall Vehicle Score in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests.

Warranty:
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty, as well as a 15-year/150,000-mile emissions warranty when the vehicle is registered and normally operated in California and certain states that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.

Pricing:

With a starting MSRP of $19,9751, two CR-Z models are offered for 2013, as aforementioned.

We strongly freely that the new updated Honda CR-Z will definitely attract a large number of buyers for the perks it offers, and it’s for sure that this car will bag many awards in its Segment. Now Explore the Pictures and Stay tuned for more updates on Speedlux.

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