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2013 Honda CR-Z facelift gets ‘sport plus’ button

September 8, 2012

Honda has revealed some teaser images of the new 2013 Honda CR-Z sports hybrid on its Japanese website. The new model is expected to be a facelift with added features rather than a completely new model.

In Australia the Honda CR-Z (review here) has been around since 2011. It’s a spiritual successor to the Honda CR-X of the Eighties, featuring a nimble and enthusiastic driving platform, with a complex and very economical hybrid powertrain.

Propulsion is provided by a 1.5-litre petrol engine along with a Honda electric motor assist system, combined to offer 91kW and 174Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or CVT auto.

Little is known about the 2013 CR-Z facelift at this stage, however, as these images preview, the new model will come with an intriguing new ‘S+’ button.

International critics are expecting this driving mode to offer more enhanced suspension and/or a slight boost in power. For the current model there are three modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport – giving an indication that the ‘plus’ mode will provide some form of additional tweaking over the ‘sport’ setting.

The other teasers reveal a new alloy wheel design, as well as a slightly revised headlight layout with LEDs along the bottom.

The new mode will debut on September 27 – the same day the 2012 Paris Motor Show opens to media. It’s not official that the debut will take place there, but it is likely.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.