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2013 Honda CR-Z facelift revealed

September 21, 2012

Honda has revealed the facelifted 2013 Honda CR-Z sports hybrid at the Indonesia International Motor Show in Jakarta. The model update gets some styling tweaks, new wheels, and the introduction of a ‘Sport Plus’ button.

These images, courtesy of paultan.org, show the new model receives just a mild update. It comes with a revised front bumper bar with a new grille layout, while at the back there’s a new rear diffuser section for a slightly more aggressive look. There’s also a set of newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, as far as we know, most of the interior is the same as the current 2012 model. Except for one main thing; a Sport Plus button. In the current model there are three different driving modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport – with each changing the throttle sensitivity and altering power source dependability.

The Sport Plus mode is expected to further enhance the sporty character of the CR-Z by tightening up the throttle response and changing the engine mapping for a pure driving character.

Drive comes from the 1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder and Honda Motor Assist electric hybrid system. According to reports power is boosted from the current 91kW to 99kW for the CVT auto versions, and 100kW for the six-speed manual.

The new model is expected to go on sale in Australia during the first half of 2013.

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.