Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) kicks off 2016 with the availability of the new CR-Z 1.5 IMA Hybrid Navi in all dealerships nationwide.
The New CR-Z is still equipped with Honda’s 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine as the main source of power combined with the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system that brings additional power and generates a responsive driving experience. The distinct and efficient combination allows the New CR-Z to deliver maximum power of 136 PS (134 horsepower) at 6,600 revolutions per minute and maximum torque of 19.37 kilogram-meters for the six-speed manual transmission variant and 135 PS (133 hp) at 6,600 rpm and maximum torque of 17.54 kg-m for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) variant.
The seemingly opposing ideas of sport and hybrid are also demonstrated with the retained Three-Mode Drive System and Plus Sport system. In the Three-Mode Drive System, the driver can choose whether the IMA system will be used for added performance or for efficiency. This system allows drivers to freely shift from Sport (for added power), Econ (limits the amount of fuel used by the engine), to Normal (for balanced driving performance and fuel economy) modes for different driving styles and/or driving situations.
The Plus Sport system, which can be motivated by the S+ Button, is also still present in the New CR-Z. This Plus Sport system uses the charge from the battery to power the electric motor and give an additional boost in acceleration that enables more responsive acceleration.
Honda enhanced the New CR-Z’s handling with a 10-millimeter increase in the rear wheel track that translates to its improved stability especially when tackling corners. And to further enhance the drive experience, Active Noise Control and the Active Sound Control technologies were put in for an enriched auditory sensation; by muffling unwanted sounds during Normal and Econ modes; and supplementing the throttle sound in Sport Mode
The new CR-Z sports a more aggressive, low-slung design matched with new 8-point polygon grille, blade-like diffuser, Projector-Type HID Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and 17-inch alloy wheel design.
The interior of the new CR-Z gets new touches as well. The sporty bucket type front seats are now fitted with a black and orange color combination with additional leather trimmings. The already advanced and “futuristic” cockpit has also been improved with the addition of a new seven-inch Touch Screen Display Audio with navigation, Push Start System and a new center console layout making room for the new Electric Parking Brake (EPB). The EPB replaces the traditional lever-type parking brake with a simple switch.
Lastly, the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Hybrid Navi is the first Honda vehicle locally available that has a two-tone exterior color option with black painted roof, door mirrors and tailgate. The two-tone color option is available in three colors: Helios Yellow Pearl; Milano Red; and Premium White Pearl that can be availed for just an additional P30,000 to the suggested retail price. For those who prefer monotone paint, new Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic color is readily available while Polished Metal Metallic option is available for special order.
HCPI’s newest offering will retail at P 1.440 million for the six-speed manual transmission variant and P 1.530 million for the CVT variant with paddle shifters.