In an effort to make the CR-Z even less exciting, Honda has announced their will be no Si or EV variants. It will not be eligible for federal tax credits either.

In an effort to make the CR-Z even less exciting, Honda has announced their will be no Si or EV variants.

Speaking with InsideLine, Honda's U.S. executive vice president of sales, John Mendel, confirmed a CR-Z Si would not be launched this summer and is not currently planned for production. When asked about the possibility of a CR-Z EV, Mendel commented "I don't think that there are plans to make this vehicle a pure electric."

More importantly, when the CR-Z is launched in the United States, on August 24, it will not be eligible for federal tax credits. This is a bit of a bummer, but as Mendel explains, "The limit per car company is 60,000 hybrids, and we passed that long ago." This means pricing will start under $20,000 and top out at $24,000 for a fully-loaded model.

As we have previously reported, the CR-Z features a 1.5-liter petrol engine and Honda's IMA parallel hybrid system. Producing a combined 122 hp (91 kW / 124 PS) and 128 lb-ft (174 Nm) of torque, the hybrid is expected to return 31/37 mpg (36/38 mpg with the CVT).

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