Honda CR-Z has found the going very tough on the US market.
Many people have complained that the car is too weak to claim
to be a sporty compact and that its average fuel rating of 31
mpg is not enough to justify its poor performance.
The situation is so bad that the model managed to sell a paltry
3,600 units last year in the U.S. Its poor performance and weak
ratings forced the automaker to phase it out from European and
Most of CR-Z’s problems can be traced to its poor hybrid engine
which has powered the vehicle ever since its maiden debut.
Unlike many automakers expanding their hybrid platforms, Honda
is doing the reverse; it is transforming a hybrid model to a
petrol-powered CR-Z set to go on sale in 2017 as a 2018 model.
2018 Honda CR-Z Exterior
The 2018 Honda CR-Z will have a more stylish design compared to
the predecessor model. Our sources intimate that the
vehicle will borrow its looks from the Honda Civic Type R and
the Acura NSX.
The coupe will be based on the same platform as the Honda Fit.
According to credible sources, the new model will be larger and
lighter than the outgoing one. Its body will feature a number
of angular body lines, rear wings and folding side panels.
Overall, the body will be highly aerodynamic. The vehicle will
ride on large aluminum wheels.
2018 Honda CR-Z Interior
Honda has not disclosed any details about the 2018 Honda CR-Z
cabin styling. However, we expect the vehicle to feature sports
car-like cabin. The automaker also could add high-quality
comfort features. It will have ergonomic seats upholstered in
leather, a driver-centered console and a tilt and telescopic
Modern tech’ gadgets will also find their way into the cabin
which will include a touch-screen instruments panel, satellite
navigation, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone
integration, parking sensors and a premium audio system to add
to the vehicle’s reputation.
Most of the Honda CR-Z criticism has been directed to its
drive-train. In cognizant of this, Honda plans to feature a
detuned 2.0 L VTEC, 4-cylinder engine which will produce more
than 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine is similar to
the one on the Type R.
We don’t have any information about its transmission as of this
writing. However, if the engine will be adopted as it is from
Type-R then the CR-Z engine will be paired with a 6-speed
manual transmission. Maybe there will be an automatic
transmission but as of now, there is no official communication
It is not clear why Honda decided to replace the hybrid engine
rather than modify it to offer more efficiency and power as is
the norm with other automakers. Honda’s recent return to
Formula One racing with a high-tech hybrid engine further adds
to the peculiarity of this decision with CR-Z.
Price and release date
The model is still a long way from hitting the market, actually
its production is yet to commence, so there are no official
reports on its prices or release date. However, we expect Honda
to debut the production model at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show
with sales following shortly later.
Taking into consideration the significant improvements the
vehicle is set to undergo, it might attract a MSRP price tag of
between $25,000 and $30,000.