Hybrid coupé gets power hike for petrol engine and electric motor, plus interior and exterior styling tweaks
Matt Burt
27 September 2012

A revised version of the Honda CR-Z hybrid coupé has been unveiled at the Paris motor show.

The facelifted CR-Z gets mild exterior and interior styling tweaks, but the more significant changes have occurred under the bonnet. Honda has hiked the power of the car’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and electric motor, which combine for a power output of 122bhp in the current car.

Honda says the changes won’t have an impact on exhaust emissions, which stand at 117g/km.

Another Paris unveiling from Honda is the a Civic fitted with the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The first engine in Europe to feature Honda’s frugal new Earth Dreams Technology, the 118bhp oilburner returns a claimed 78.5mpg and 94g/km.

Other exhibits on Honda’s Paris show stand will include the new CR-V, the EV-STER lightweight roadster concept first seen at the Tokyo show, and a celebration of 40 years of the Civic.

Read our CR-V first drive for detailed impressions.

Our Verdict

Honda CR-Z

The Honda CR-Z is as intriguing and appealing to drive as hybrids currently get

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14 September 2012

As with all Honda's - it should suit those over the age of 75 looking for something a little "sportier"... ...

14 September 2012

Its about time Honda found some more power for the CR-Z. Excellent news

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