The most obvious changes are the new front and rear bumpers that feature an aerofoil motif spanning nearly their full width, new LED headlamps and new 16 and 17-inch alloy wheel designs. There’s also a new colour, Velvet Purple Pearl.
But look beyond the cosmetic changes, and there are more substantial revisions. Honda calls this a minor update, but it’s more far-reaching than that.
The rear wheels are pumped out an extra 10mm to widen the track and improve rear-end grip, the suspension has been revised with new springs and dampers, brake rotors are now a huge 380mm at the front and a new master cylinder provides better brake pedal feel.
It doesn’t end there either. The adoption of an electric parking brake means a centre console storage box is now added, and Honda’s new touchscreen infotainment with iPhone mirroring and nav is now available.
Honda has also played with the CR-Z’s audio system, adding active noise-cancelling technology to reduce cabin sound when you want peace and quiet, and artificially enhance the engine note when you’re after a sportier drive.
In Japan, the only market so far confirmed to receive these upgrades, the 2016 CR-Z will be offered in two grades.
The base model retails for the equivalent of AU$31,000, while the upper-spec variant carries a $32,800 pricetag. A two-tone paint job can be had on the upper-spec model for an extra $800.
As for Australia, the CR-Z was dropped from Honda’s local lineup earlier in 2015 due to poor sales and is not expected to return.