Facelifted Honda CR-Z leaked

Facelifted Honda CR-Z leaked

Leaked low-resolution images have prematurely revealed the facelifted Honda CR-Z.

The bulk of the updates are found up front, where Honda‘s smallest coupe gains new headlights inspired by the ones found on the recently-introduced 2016 Accord and a shapely bumper accented by a gray piece of trim. Out back, the modifications are largely limited to a redrawn bumper and new-look tail lamps. Of course, additional alloy wheel designs and paint colors are expected to round out the updates.

The pictures reveal that the interior modifications are minor at best. They include new trim pieces, a slightly redesigned steering wheel and a new center console. The JDM-spec model depicted in the leaked images is fitted with an electronic parking brake, but whether the U.S.-spec model will get the same feature is anyone’s guess at this point.

Similarly, it’s too early to tell if Honda has made changes under the hood. Currently, the CR-Z is powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain made up of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor. The two power sources team up to deliver 130 horsepower and 140 lb-ft. of torque.

The updated Honda CR-Z is tentatively scheduled to greet the public for the first time next October at the Tokyo Motor Show. The U.S.-spec model will likely be presented the following month in Los Angeles, and the coupe will land in showrooms early next year.

What’s next?

An earlier report finds Honda will introduce an all-new CR-Z in time for the 2018 model year. Built on an evolution of the platform that will underpin the next Civic, the next CR-Z will be bigger all around than the current model and it is expected to borrow design cues from both the Europe-only Civic Type R and the Acura NSX.

In the U.S., the next CR-Z will allegedly ditch the current model’s gas-electric drivetrain and instead adopt a 280-horsepower turbo four sourced from the aforementioned Type R.

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