2018 CR-Z Might Lose Hybrid Powertrain, Gets Turbocharger
The Honda CR-Z was introduced with only hybrid power, and thanks mainly to the poor power output and lack of economy (only reaching around 32 MPG), it really was a lemon. In fact, in 2015, Honda sold just 3,600 of them in the U.S.
For 2018, Honda are bringing their A game and upgrading the CR-Z to be the vehicle that it should have been from the start, giving it more power and better styling.
Honda haven’t officially confirmed anything about the new model, but industry insiders have lots of thoughts and 2018 Honda CRZ news as to what Honda are doing, the following seems to be the most likely.
2018 Honda CR-Z Release date
The new 2018 Honda CR-Z is nowhere near production yet, but we do think that Honda will debut a version of it at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January, with full production runs happening later in the same year, with a view to hitting the dealers forecourts in late 2017.
2018 Honda CR-Z Price
This is perhaps one of the biggest speculations, but for the Honda CR-Z to be competitive, it needs to retail between $25,000 to $30,000. We’d expect it to be at the lower end of that figure, purely so Honda can reclaim some of the lost sales over the last few years.
2018 CR-Z Interior
Inside the cabin, there will be sporty (yet comfortable) leather trimmed seating, a touchscreen instrument cluster, navigation, USB ports, Bluetooth, smartphone integration and parking sensors, all fitted as standard.
2018 Honda CR-Z Redesign and changes
The biggest news is that Honda are bucking the trend and losing the hybrid – given that they are currently in F1, you’d have thought that they would make more of an effort with the technology. However, we don’t see it as a bad thing, because it looks like they’ll be fitting a detuned Type R motor, giving it the power to match the looks.
2018 CR-Z Specs
We think it will be a 2.0 liter VTEC, producing somewhere in the region of 300 BHP and 295 lb/ft of torque. There is no confirmation of an auto (or CVT) option, so we think that there will be 2018 CRZ manual transmission as standard, Honda will fit a 6-speed one.
The new CR-Z will be built upon the same platform as the Honda Fit, this means that it should be slightly bigger than the outgoing model, although still being lighter in weight (thanks to the removal of the hybrid system). Styling cues will be taken from the bigger Civic Type R and Acura NSX, we’d expect to see lots of aero tweaks fitted.
2018 CR-Z Turbo
As it was mentioned above, the 2018 Honda CR-Z turbo is likely to get the turbocharged unit, producing around 300 HP. The second variant is 1.5L I4 unit from the current generation of Civic, which is likely to produce around 220 HP in the CR-Z version. It sounds more nature for an FWD compact reasonably priced sports car.