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      09-30-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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Cool Production Honda CR-Z breaks cover - Looks good!

Tokyo Preview: Honda CR-Z, the Production-Ready Concept Car


Here's another instance of Honda calling a car a concept when it's actually mere inches away from production. This is the 2011 Honda CR-Z, and it is a reborn 1983-92 Civic CRX. It goes on sale in Japan in February 2010, with the U.S. following a few months after that.

Compact and sleek, this 161-inch long coupe/three-door hatch was first shown as a real concept at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show. Now two years on, the 2009 show car is "95 percent" of the real thing, according to Honda officials. The final, final production version will be unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Show in January.

We know that the 2011 CR-Z will be powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC inline-4 combined with Honda's IMA hybrid powertrain, tied to a 6-speed manual gearbox -- essentially the sportiest drivetrain setup the company has offered in a hybrid to date. However, we still think it's likely that Honda will broaden the appeal of the CR-Z line by offering several drivetrain options -- perhaps a price-leader base model with just the 1.5-liter gas engine and perhaps, perhaps a CR-Z Si with a slightly larger, revvier engine.

The CR-Z's busy, compact 2+2 cabin is now virtually production ready and it's believed the car's Ni-Mh battery pack lies beneath the rear floor, as per the Honda Insight, on which it's is based. Even the wheels on this "concept" look production-spec, and if the "lack" of exhaust pipes on the CR-Z gives you pause, just have a look at the tail of a production Insight -- the pipes are concealed on that car, too.

More photos after the jump.

http://blogs.edmunds.com/straightlin...hotopanel..2.*


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That's a horrible blind spot in the back. Front looks audi-ish
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Compared to the recently unveiled Accord Crosstour, it's a DB9.
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That's a horrible blind spot in the back. Front looks audi-ish
I find the front more California-esque imo.


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Reminds me of my old CRX. Funny that this is a brand new green car, hybrid and all, and I bet my old CRX got better gas mileage than this will get.
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I'm not completely sold on the looks, guess I'll have to wait and see what the last 5% of the changes will be. Not a fan of hybrids in general from a "green" perspective (I don't think they are really green at all), but I don't mind it here. So it should be light, hopefully rev-happy, good on gas, and fairly inexpensive...sounds like a pretty good combo
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The front looks good.

The sides look good.

The rear looks TERRIBLE!!!!!!
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The CRX was a classic because it was such a blast to drive. I hope Honda hasn't emasculated this with the hybrid drive train. Let's all hope this is not just a 2-door Insight.
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You beat me to it BimmerLoyalist(srry). I LOVE IT!
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Not bad.

I had a CRXsi many moons ago. I loved that little car. Tank.
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That's a horrible blind spot in the back. Front looks audi-ish
Look how loooong the side mirrors are.
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Reminds me of my old CRX. Funny that this is a brand new green car, hybrid and all, and I bet my old CRX got better gas mileage than this will get.
Most definitely, just like the old insight gets more MPG than the new one. The idea is to bring it up to date in terms of safety and creature comfort probably.
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Maybe we should hold off on the Brabus Smart till we get the whole story on this. I would love to have a Honda in the garage again.
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I really like the front end, the back of the car makes me want to punch something.

It looks like the seats have some decent bolstering, hopefully that's a sign this car is ready to take some fast turns.
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EWW! A ford focus looks waaaaay better. (not)
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I fail to see how one would drive a 6-speed manual hybrid, unless Honda's hybrid technology is like Ford in that it is not part-time gas.
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I fail to see how one would drive a 6-speed manual hybrid, unless Honda's hybrid technology is like Ford in that it is not part-time gas.
IMA is full time engine with electric assist.
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IMA is full time engine with electric assist.
Thought so. Fake hybrid.
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Wow this is awesome! I really like the 6-speed manual with the hybrid. A little sportier alternative to the boring hybrids on the market atm.
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Loved the first concept and this looks great too. Perfect.
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Thought so. Fake hybrid.
How is it fake?
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