I guess it’s not a surprise for anybody that the CR-Z hybrid was quite a fail for the Honda group – planned as the revival of the CR-X (as it was expected), but with a grandma heart inside – the hybrid 125 HP engine. No sport here, indeed.
So the Japanese constructor decided to kill the production of the actual model, after five years of existence. But don’t worry folks, the little CR-Z is going to make a strong comeback around 2017, with totally new output and vision on the line.
Although the information is at the “rumor” state, the new CR-Z will possibly be following ALMOST the same recipe like his youngest brother – the Civic Type-R – and will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter direct injection VTEC engine, paired with the current CR-Z’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. To top up the performance, which is said to be around a total of 280 HP, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also said to have replaced both the CVT and manual options of the current CR-Z.
If this concept is going to see the ray of light, we will probably see next year, at the Tokyo Auto Show. I am keeping my fingers crossed.