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Refreshed 2013 Honda CR-Z Debuts in Paris

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Honda is giving its small CR-Z hybrid a refresh for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Honda CR-Z gets updated styling and more importantly, more power under the hood without compromising its fuel economy.

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On the outside the 2013 Honda CR-Z gets a new front bumper design with a revised grille. The rear of the CR-Z gets a new aerodynamic diffuser design and new 17-inch alloy wheels make the CR-Z look a bit sportier. Honda has updated the hybrid's interior with a new color scheme, while revisions to the door casings improve cabin storage.

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Under the hood the CR-Z is still powered by a 1.5L engine that has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit (ECU). Its output has been increased from 112-hp to 119-hp. The electric motor has also been improved and the CR-Z now uses a lithium-ion battery. The electric motor now puts out more power and the combined system now puts out 135 horsepower. Thanks to the extra power, the 0-62 mph time has been lowered to 9.0 seconds compared to the outgoing model that took 9.7 seconds.

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Honda has introduced a Plus Sport (S+) boost system on the CR-Z. If the battery is more than 50 percent charged, the driver can activate this system using the S+ button on the steering wheel. When the accelerator is pressed the electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to ten seconds.


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