GALLERY: 2015 Honda CR-Z facelift in detail


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

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  • tinmilo on Aug 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Love it or hate it, this was still the best bang for buck we ever had at RM120k.

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    • Toyota No VSC Car on Aug 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      So many news on Honda. All good news. No wonder why their cars sell well.

      I am sorry Sam Loo, Same Lorrr and SamShowedMetheHilux.

      We all know abut your lies. Now Toyota has the worst RV. Altis 1.8 2013 September model, low mileage and accident free asking for RM65k. I call the used car dealer, he said even RM60k also he settle.

      New Altis RM139k. In less than 2 years, Altis can drop more than 60% of the price.

      So what RV you talking about? Also, Kia and Hyundai now got better RV than Toyota.

      You have been found out Sam Loo! People know your tricks.

      Go ask your boss to put VSC lah in your Toyotas, maybe then, it will have better RV and can sell. Until then, Toyota is just a moving coffin and considered Jamban material.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Aug 28, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Move along people nothing to see here. This car is now priced on the same level as a BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3.

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    • Henry on Aug 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      You are right. Who will buy this car with a non-tax free price of 180k?

      I do like the new look.

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  • cendol (Member) on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    It uses the same engine as Honda City but price is double of Honda City.
    Makes no sense.

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  • shawal on Aug 28, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    CR-Z is a novel idea , a budget fun sports car that sips fuel..
    The CR-Z has a bespoke interior , chasis, platform , judging by the amount of time honda spent on it since its inception to testing, it seems honda could never got it right , it didn’t fare well with auto critics as well ….
    hybridization is too costly and compromised to make it in a budget sports coupe segment , lightweight, nimble and RWD examples like the new MX-5 and GT86 are the class benchmark …
    luckily the S660 makes up for it in Honda’s portfolio

    Hybrid works wonders in the upper stratosphere of automotive nirvana as proven by the likes of P1,Laferrari and 918 spyder

    however not all is lost…
    as the new NSX will be a 4wd hybrid

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