The 2013 Honda CR-Z has arrived in the United States where it costs 19,975 USD without the 790 USD destination charge.
Available to order starting tomorrow, the facelifted CR-Z has been equipped with a new lithium-ion battery while the power of the electric motor has increased from 10 kW (13.4 hp) to 15 kW (20.1 hp). As a result, the combined power output from the conventional 1.5-liter gasoline engine and the electric motor has grown to 130 hp (97 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 140 lb-ft (189 Nm) of torque. This represents an 8 hp (6 kW) and 12 lb-ft (16 Nm) increase over the outgoing model.
The 2013 CR-Z is offered with a Plus Sport System that can be activated when the battery is charged at least a 50 percent level and the vehicle is running at a speed of more than 19 mph (31 km/h). After the driver hits the “S+” button located on the steering wheel, an electric boost will be provided which will increase acceleration for up to 5 seconds.
The manual version can return 31 mpg city / 38 mpg highway / 34 mpg combined, while the CVT-equipped CR-Z can do 36 mpg / 39 mpg / 37 mpg. The manual version is 1 mpg highway more efficient than the previous model, while the CVT is 1 mpg city more frugal.
Full details available in the attached press release.