A source close to Honda has announced the CR-Z will receive an all-new generation in two years.

A source close to Honda has announced the CR-Z will receive an all-new generation in two years.

 

Honda axed the current-gen CR-Z from Europe last year and they also withdrew it at the beginning of the year from Australia. It's still available in United States, but we won't be too surprised if the US-spec version will also be terminated later this year since sales are abysmal. However, a new report says a second generation is in the works and "will be a force to reckon with", according to a source within Honda's R&D center in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

 

While the current CR-Z is actually based on a modified Jazz, the new model is expected to use the same platform as the next generation Civic, but with a 100mm shortened wheelbase. It will likely end up being a little bit bigger than the outgoing model and should adopt a design influenced by the Civic Type R and NSX.

 

Power will likely come from a de-tuned version of the Civic Type R's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which in this new application should deliver somewhere in the region of 286 HP (210 kW). The report mentions Honda could decide to sell this car as a hotter coupe derivative of the US-spec Civic and could in fact adopt the "Civic CR-Z" nameplate.

Unlike the international version which will be conventionally powered, the JDM variant is likely to get a hybrid powertrain encompassing a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Output of this version is estimated at 201 HP (150 kW) although nothing is official at this point.

 

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