Honda has dropped another teaser image for the upcoming 2013 CR-Z, a model set to debut at the fast-approaching Paris Motor Show.

While there are few real details to go with the shadowy hybrid image, Honda says its updated CR-Z will receive power bumps for both its gasoline engine and its electric motor. Said output enhancements will not compromise fuel economy or emissions performance, either.

This dead-on front image of the car makes plain a few of the styling changes, too. The new CR-Z is running a strip of LED lighting under its HID headlights. The new front grille is filled with a honeycomb insert, losing the horizontal upper slats of the current car. The lower front fascia has been altered, as well.

Stay tuned for loads more information about the 2013 Honda CR-Z as we move closer to the September 27 opening day of the Paris show.


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      BLUESLATE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's hope for 160+ hp at least.
      quab7
      • 2 Years Ago
      if they could bump it up 20hp or so and somehow keep it around the same price, id drive the **** out of one of these, especially if it got slightly better mpg. its possible, right?
      Daryl Farin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the non American CRZs have had LED DRLs from the beginning, so that's not exactly new. Basically the only exterior changes we can see so far are a honeycomb grill and ever-so-slightly different lower fascia? Wait the car already had a honeycomb grill before also. FUN
      Z. Kesh
      • 2 Years Ago
      These LED-eyelids/eyebrows have become annoying; they look cheap and aftermarket, wish they were a bit more refined.
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      When are they going to do a CR-Z Si? I would be all over a non-hybrid CR-Z with a K20. The looks have really grown on me and I really like the handling even though it's too bloody heavy as a hybrid. It just doesn't have enough power and it weighs too much in stock form. But making it non-hybrid would bring it down to a much more reasonable 2400-2500 lbs, and with a 200 hp K series in there the power to weight ratio would suddenly become quite acceptable. It'd probably get pretty good mileage to, considering what that engine does in the significantly heavier Civic Si. I like the hybrid version, I really do, it's really efficient and is still sporting enough not to put you to sleep. But why not release a truly sporting version for those of us that really want to go fast?
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        A tuner did that a couple years ago. They yanked out the IMA drivetrain (including the 1.5L engine) and put in a lightly modified K20 with a 6-speed. Everything, including the ESP, worked. That is the car Honda itself should have built.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Seriously, why was this guy downrated???
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Because I used logic, NightFlight; its their kryptonite. That and I've butted heads with the faboys/Honda employees that post here before (as have you). The accidental double comment might also have something to do with it.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        There was a tuner a couple years ago who put a lightly modified K20/6MT powertrain into a CR-Z, replacing the IMA powertrain.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am lot more intested in seeing the latest EVSTER concept: http://www.hondanews.eu/en/news/index.pmode/modul,detail,0,2425-DEFAULT,21,text,1/index.pmode HONDA EV-STER Honda exhibits the EV-STER, next-generation electric small sports concept model at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. As far as CR-Z, Expect a change to the new Civic Hybrid system using Lithium instead of NiMH batteries and a bit more EV power to go with it. The Engine I would expect minimal changes. Almost certainly still a NA 1.5-1.6 with under 120HP. Not enough to revive this dead dog.
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        Checking the numbers. The new Civic Hybrid has a 23 HP IMA vs the 14 HP IMA in the current CR-Z. So I suspect that is what the new CR-Z will get. So about 10 HP more from the IMA. The engine might be a new "Earth Dreams" 1.5L. Honda isn't tuning ED engines for power, so maybe 10 more HP here. So maybe 20 HP total increase. A nice little bump. But of course the IMA HP is short lived. IMO Not enough to stir any excitement for this car.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        They have a Prius (literally, it looks like a Prius ripoff): the Insight. It isn't selling very well either.
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Prius Ripoff. First, I realize YOU are Autoblog's biggest troll, but I'm going to respond. First Prius, an ugly 4-door sedan. Honda CRX, Honda's 1st Insight, Honda's second Insight, and Honda's current CR-Z have all used the Kamm-back split window rear, THAT THE PRIUS RIPPED OFF.
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2013 Fiat MT has a mileage bump from 30/38 to 31/40. The previous gen CRZ MT gets 31/37. I hope "Said output enhancements will not compromise fuel economy or emissions performance, either." is just a low ball estimate.
      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't tell if I like this design, or the previous one. Either way, it doesn't look that nice to me for a sports car - a bit innocent, not not that threatening, in a small body. Kind of reminds me of an innocent looking leaf bug haha.
      Zed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some details on the refresh from a leaked Honda stat sheet: • 12 hp gain overall (+6hp gas, +6hp electric motor) • 17 lb-ft gain in torque (6MT has more low end torque off the line than the CVT) • gains are throughout the rev range • redline has been bumped up 600 rpm • lithium-ion IMA (mass and capacity have likely changed) • Sports Plus mode improves accelerator response and engine management • slightly lowered chassis (hopefully this means revised dampers) • some interior accent changes
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zed
        If correct, I am surprised it is that small a power bump. Just using the new Civic IMA would have given them 10 HP alone.
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Ok, I have seen the snapshot of the stat sheet. I am betting it is essentially the same ICE and not a new Earth dreams engine. It looks like through most of the rev range you are getting about half the HP bump of 5-6HP. The part from the ICE, seems to just result from increasing the RPM range, so only available over 6000 RPM. This might excite the handful of CR-Z fans, but I don't see it doing enough to boost sales. I also have grave concerns about battery longevity from Honda with new Lithium pack in a performance application. They weren't even that good at keeping an NiMH pack alive in economy applications.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has better handling than a Veloster.
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        CR-Z was on MTs top ten list for worse handling vehicles. In stock form it does handle better than anything. http://wot.motortrend.com/10-worst-handling-cars-tested-2010-20318.html Even a Prius C out-handles it: In Inside Lines testing, a Prius C was faster through the Slalom than the CR-Z and the Prius isn't pretending to be a sports car: http://www.insideline.com/toyota/prius-c/2012/2012-toyota-prius-c-four-full-test.html http://www.insideline.com/honda/cr-z/2011/2011-honda-cr-z-full-test-and-video.html Slalom: Prius C: 64.3 MPH CR-Z: 61.4 MPH Check the fuel economy differences, at least the Prius is very good at something: Edmunds Observed Fuel economy: Prius C: 48.9 MPG CR-Z: 30.2 MPG The CR-Z is all style and no substance. It can't handle worth a damn and it has dismal fuel economy for a small hybrid.
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Looks like Avinash, just got himself a bun of accounts. His Votes just went up by over 10 and mine down by about the same since I last looked half an hour ago. Despite his post being nonsense and mine being absolutely true, with references.
          CRZ Owner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          The 30.2MPG is TOTALLY WRONG! I can swear by this because I actually OWN the CRZ. Do you own (or even driven) this car...don't think so. I mainly do city driving, and I've been getting 37MPG EASILY.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          It's true. I have a CR-Z as well and even flogging it in 110 degree weather, I average 36, easy. I have got as good as 42 on a whole tank and over 40 numerous times. Compare this to my Focus ZX3 which used to average 28. The review you posted was pretty favorable and they also praise it's abilities, all things considered. One thing to note though is that the CR-Z comes with shitty tires. They are Eco tires but not good ones so you could probably squeeze out more MPGs if you went with better ones OR you could probably squeeze out better times with some performance tires. People have already reported 0-60 at about 8 seconds with better tires, which is fine for this kind of car.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay...so? The car sucks, plain and simple. It fails as a sporty car and it fails as a hybrid. Just drop it already.
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