On September 27, a date that will see us sifting through the action on the Paris Motor Show floor, it looks like the Honda CR-Z will show off its mid-cycle refresh. Honda's Japanese web site has a short slideshow revealing three new features of the next little hybrid hatchback.

The scant bit of text is all in Japanese, naturally, so we don't know how the "Life Design Hybrid" is being pitched. While we couldn't make out any words or characters that suggested the CR-Z will become a widebody twin-turbo V6, some LED DRLs, snazzy new wheels and a button marked "S+" have been given away. The CR-Z already has a Sport setting, so if S+ brings a higher grade of performance, perhaps that could mean a few more hardcore bits and a goosing of its horsepower will come in tow. This is all speculation, though, but now we know we have even more surprises coming in three weeks.


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      Chopper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice chain of balancing weights on the wheel. Wouldn’t they edit out or remove them for gallery shots?????
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chopper
        My thoughts exactly! I was about to say something but decided to check the existing comments as I knew I couldn't have been the only one! Haha! +1
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        I love how you always link to that site like it matters. It doesn't.
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those headlights incorporating LED DRLs are standard on the current European and Japanese-spec CRZs, Autoblog.
      Paul Kane
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's get a little more power in the refresh... maybe 100+hp?
      Sugaki
      • 2 Years Ago
      Translating the teasers: "2nd generation CR-Z, at last unveiled 9.27" on the main CR-Z site. Teaser: "To all people To all roads To all speeds Delivering the joy of driving"
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could they just drop the hybrid part and put in a K20 or K24? You know, a REAL engine?
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Coming from a CR-Z owner (my first hybrid), I actually crave more electric power, not a bigger ICE. The low end torque in this car makes you yearn for more when the battery assist runs out and all your left with is gas power. I've seen high power ICE since decades before I was born *YAWN*. Gimme an upgraded battery pack and a firmware upgrade for 2013.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        I'd rather see something like the Fiat MultiAir 1.4T tuned to 160-180hp in there with relatively tall 5th/6th gears for better highway mpg. I would be that it would be lighter, faster, *and* get better highway mileage than the current CR-Z.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        As a hybrid, it sucks. As a sports car (FWD sports car, oxymoron if there ever was one) it sucks.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          No, but I imagine it'd be fun, seeing as its a Mazda and all. Slower than I'm used to, but fun. Still, your comparison to the Miata is flawed, because: a. Miata is RWD, this is FWD b. Miata ain't no hybrid c. Miata is still faster than this. Please, stop defending a bad car.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
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        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        122hp for a 2650lb car is *not* sporty. That's the same horsepower as a MINI Cooper (base) that weighs 120+ pounds less (which also gets an identical 37mpg highway as the CR-Z) *and* it has a back seat and more usable space. And no, reviews on it were NOT great. They were mediocre at best, damning at worst. It's slow for a "sporty" car, and gets terrible gas mileage for a hybrid. It's why sales of it have been so pathetically low.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
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          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          The car is sporty. It's low, tight, firm, and peppy; all on a buttery smooth 6 speed manual. Sporty does not always mean drag racer.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          Well you should care about City mileage, it's what kills your average. I ACTUALLY HAVE a CR-Z (6MT) and I get 40-42 mpg on a whole tank, highway. With my normal commute driving about 60% highway 40% city, I average 36-38 consistently, with very normal driving habits and blasting A/C. Sometimes I drive like a bat out of hell sometimes like a grandma, so it averages out. I sit in a lot of traffic but the car auto-stops and the electric motor helps ease the gas used for acceleration. Do that most cars and your average will plummet. You'll be in the upper 20s. Look on Fuelly if you don't believe me about the CR-Z's MPGs: http://www.fuelly.com/car/honda/cr-z Again, you should care about city mileage.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          Also, you'd do well to actually read the entire damn comment. Travisty said he drives in far more diverse environments.
          Travisty
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          @SonataGuy1 - I honestly don't care what the "city only" gas mileage is, since I drive in far more diverse environments than *just* a city. It's highway mpg is the same as the MINI Cooper (weighs less, has more space and identical hp) or the Fiesta (similar weight, hp, more space). Sorry, that's just pathetic.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          A_Guy: OMG, a Honda with a smooth transmission! Stop the ******* presses! Seriously, I don't understand how anyone can defend it. It tries to be two things and succeeds at neither.
        KY
        • 2 Years Ago
        I know how you feel but just don't bother with people on this site. They call themselves car enthusiasm but will choose a 10million hp space shuttle with wheels over a 30hp go kart any day and claim that go kart doesn't have enough power and it's not sporty. Saying a CRZ or BRZ/FRS is not a sport car because of their number is like saying soccer/football is not sport because they only score a couple of times over 90 minutes while a basketball game can score over 100 times? A fat guy running 100m in 20 seconds is not doing any sport because bolt can do it under 10 seconds? F**k logic right? because number is everything. Knowing people so well here, I will probably get about 5 down vote if I post this in a Toyota/Lexus related article.
          Travisty
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KY
          Who said anything about the FRS/BRZ not being sporty? They weigh the same as the CR-Z (2600lbs), have RWD *and* more than 50% *more* horsepower. Guess what, if the CR-Z had 200hp nobody would be claiming that it "wasn't sporty". Nobody is saying that the CR-Z should have 300hp and AWD, what they're saying is that what could have been a sporty car has been saddled with a heavy IMA system, a torsion beam rear suspension (both for cost and to make room for the batteries) and a weak ICE. Reviews were mediocre and sales here in the US have been mediocre as well.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KY
          @Travisty: Slight correction: reviews have been all over the board (from bad to glowing) and sales have actually been less than mediocre. :P It only sells 250-400 a month. The main reason is not that it's a hybrid; it's that it's a 2-door 2 seater. Americans simply don't want that restriction in this class/price range when it's all said an done. It's simply impractical. It does sell well in other territories, though.
      GN
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car asked for a facelift since day of production.
        Punch and Judy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GN
        I think the styling is the best thing about it. It's the drivetrain that's the letdown.
      emacemacii
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Hybrid sports cars are lame. Hybrid technology itself is just a by-product of the transition of internal-combustion to other alternative propulsion. It's heavy, bulky and complicated. It's alright in a commuter car, but I just don't see the point of having a hybrid sports car (like the rumored next generation Evo, next gen NSX or even next gen of GTR)
      dgh1981
      • 2 Years Ago
      You guys really can be morons. I have a 6mt CRZ EX and I drive mostly highway and have averaged 44-45 mpg over my 2 years of ownership. It is definitely not the fastest car on the block, but is fun for sure in sport mode. Could it have more power? Yes, but it is still capable, looks good, and saves me gas money. Seriously, have any of you haters actually given it a test drive?
        Solji
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dgh1981
        So i test drove it today......Still garbage let the sales do the talking. The only thing it has to offer is gas sipping.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Solji
          What do you drive? Cuz I test drove that today; garbage.
      blueingreen66
      • 2 Years Ago
      More power? Good. Better Mileage? Best. After all, we can get five seats, good handling, decent acceleration and 40+ mpg highway for similar money from a bunch of folks. I love the looks of this car and liked the way it drove when I test drove one, but if I'm giving up rear seats and cargo space (this car would be my daily driver) I need something more than style in exchange given a 90 mile round trip commute.
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blueingreen66
        You are a product of marketing. 40 hwy =/= real world mixed driving.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car does nothing for me. I forget its even being sold until something about it comes up. This "sporty" car is a piss poor effort from a company that gave us S2000, NSX and Civic/integra Type R.
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