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More photos of the new Honda CR-Z facelift that was announced in Japan yesterday, highlighting the cosmetic changes brought about. It’s actually the second facelift for the sport hybrid coupe, the first arriving in September 2012 when the car made its surprise first appearance at the Indonesian International Motor Show ahead of a planned Paris debut.

The latest facelift will make its Japanese market debut in October, and is very much a fine-tuning job. As mentioned previously, exterior changes include new front and rear bumpers, a new front grille design, reworked side sill garnish as well as a higher adoption rate of LEDs (headlamps, turn signal).

New colours, led by a shade called Velvet Purple Pearl, are to be found, as are newly-designed alloy wheels in 16- and 17-inch sizes. For the domestic market, the updated CR-Z will be available in two different trim configurations called Alpha and Alpha Master Label.

No changes to the 1.5 litre i-VTEC and IMA motor combination, which was last revised with the 2012 facelift (new lithium-ion battery, S+ boost button), but some mechanical alterations have come about – the rear track is now wider by 10 mm and the suspension has been tweaked with new damper and spring rates to offer improved stability and handling.

The brake system has also been given a slight rework, with new upsized brake discs and larger pistons for the calipers. Safety kit improvements consist of the introduction of a city brake active system and some minor revisions to the side curtain and side airbag composition.

Inside, changes includes a switch to an electronic control parking brake, the addition of a built-in armrest and console box, push-button ignition, a new two-DIN touchscreen head unit and a seven-speaker 360-watt audio system. The 2015 facelift also adds a sound symposer into the equation – active sound control channels engine sound to the speakers, offering an additional audible perspective to the three options in the 3-Mode Drive System.

2015 Honda CR-Z facelift, Tokyo Motor Show

2015 Honda CR-Z facelift