Published on March 13th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Planned CR-Z May Swap Hybrid Power for Turbocharger
Honda has been busy these past years readying two of Japan’s most anticipated sports cars, the new NSX and the 2016 Civic Type R. Now comes news from inside Honda’s R&D center in Tochigi that the unloved CR-Z hybrid sports coupe will get a new lease on life in the form of an all-new, more performance-oriented model for 2017/2018.
Honda’s American arm has been pleading for a gutsy, attractive, and reasonably priced coupe to bolster its brand image, and a source with close ties to the Japanese mothership says the next CR-Z will be the answer.
The original model was based on a modified version of the Fit platform, but unlike the Fit, with its centrally located fuel tank, the CR-Z’s tank was repositioned at the rear. The new CR-Z’s platform will be borrowed from the next-generation Civic, but with four inches chopped from the wheelbase. Honda hopes this will help it carry out its role as the spiritual successor to the CR-X with more gusto and be force to reckon with.