The third largest Japanese automaker has not had the expected success with the sporty CR-Z hybrid model, but still sells it at home on the local market and has recently unveiled its facelifted version.
The refreshed model is going to be sold starting with October, sporting a redesigned front bumper, a reshaped radiator grille and LED headlights. The green model has also had its side skirts revised, comes with a new rear bumper and updated 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. In addition they have expanded the rear thread by 10 mm, fine tuned the suspension and increased the performance of the braking system – all of the changes delivering better stability at higher speeds. There are also new features, such as the electronically controlled parking brake, the active sound control that can direct better the engine “voice” and the active noise control that is used to enhance sound deadening from other sources. There’s also a new paint job – “Velvet Purple Pearl” – and a new set of matching combinations: a sporty blue metallic with black roof. Interior changes have also been limited and include an updated infotainment system and a push button for engine start/stop.
The hybridized setup has carried over without modifications, with the engineers focused on improving ride and handling thanks to the retunes, while also adding new safety features, such as the “City brake active system” which works up to 30 km/h or the side curtain airbag system and front seat i-side airbags.