Honda CR-Z may have been phased out in Australia but in Indonesia, a facelift version has just been launched. Having been present in the republic since 2012, the hybrid hatchback is said to offer “greater handling and sportier driving feeling”, in addition to upgraded looks.
Like the Japanese version that was unveiled in August last year, the Indonesian CR-Z now comes with restyled front and rear bumpers, along with new full LED headlights, and new 17-inch alloy wheels finished in dual-tone trim. Inside, the CR-Z gains a built-in console box and an armrest, an dumps the conventional handbrake lever for an electronic parking brake. The stitching, door panels and seat inserts are now in orange.
On the equipment front, the CR-Z gets keyless entry, push start button, new hands-free telephone switch on the steering wheel, as well as a seven-inch touch screen. The latter supports HDMI and USB, and mirroring function.
Under the hood, the CR-Z retains the tried-and-true combination of a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine and Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) that jointly develops 136 PS and 190 Nm of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a CVT. The drivetrain is complemented by three driving modes: Normal, Sport and ECON.
In the country, the CR-Z is offered in two-tone Milano Red, two-tone Premium White Pearl, two-tone Helios Yellow Pearl, and Smart Black. Prices start from Rp. 535.5 million (RM167,280) for the Smart Black, and Rp. 538 million (RM168,060) for the two-tone paint options.
Jakarta, Indonesia – PT Honda Prospect Motor introduced the latest version of its sports hybrid model, New Honda CR-Z, in Jakarta, March 8, 2016. In addition to some changes in exterior and interior, the New Honda CR-Z now offers greater handling and sportier driving feeling.
Honda CR-Z made its debut in Indonesia at 2012 Indonesia International Motor Show in Jakarta. Since then, CR-Z continuously dominating the sports sedan segment in Indonesia with total sales of 687 units until the end of 2015. Moreover, CR-Z has received many prestigious awards in Indonesia, including Best Hybrid Car 2013 & 2014 from Autobild Magazine and Favorite Hybrid Car at the 2013 & 2014 Autocar’s Readers Choice Award.
The New CR-Z now comes with more aggresive exterior design, featuring New Aggresive Front & Rear Bumper Design with Sporty Garnish, New Full LED Headlight, New 17’ Alloy Wheel Design, and New Multi View Rear Parking Camera.
For the interior, ‘Exciting Mature Cockpit’ concept was applied throughly with combination of new black-orange color scheme and hairline style metal interior garnish. The cabin also equipped with array of new advanced features such as New Smart Entry & One Push Ignition System, New Electric Parking Brake, New Hands Free Telephone (HFT) Steering Switch, New Advanced 7.0” Touch Screen AV System with Mirroring (additional cable required) and New HDMI (1 Port) & USB (2 Ports).
In terms of performance, New CR-Z was redesigned to achieve perfect balance between sporty handling and driving comfort. Rear thread was increased by 10mm, while front and rear damper and spring rate were changed to enhanced the stability. Furthermore, brake performance was also enhanced by increasing the size of disc brakes and callipers.
The New CR-Z is powered by 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine combined with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), resulting a maximum power of 118 PS @6,600 rpm for CVT type with great fuel efficiency. In addition, it also features 3-driving modes to adjust with different daily driving conditions. The ‘Normal Mode’ provides optimized power and fuel efficiency for everyday driving, while The ‘Sport Mode’ creates higher power and torque for more aggresive acceleration, and ‘ECON Mode’ controls the engine and air conditioning operation to give higher priority for fuel efficiency,
Tomoki Uchida, President Director of Honda Prospect Motor said, “Honda CR-Z is the ultimate evolution of Honda’s sporty performance and environment-friendly technology. It is a special model that answers the needs of a sport car with functional package for enjoyable everyday driving, but without leaving the social and environmental considerations.”
Jonfis Fandy, Marketing & Aftersales Service Director PT HPM said, “Although rather segmented, sport car market in Indonesia always had strong and loyal customer base. These type of customers wanted a car that not only looks exciting and offers complete features, but also made them stood out from others. We are confident that the new values offered by New CR-Z will be greatly accepted by customers and would strengthen its position as market leader in sport segment.”
New Honda CR-Z is available in various color options, including two-tone Milano Red, two-tone Premium White Pearl, two-tone Helios Yellow Pearl, and Smart Black. The New CR-Z will be offered with starting price of Rp. 535,5 million (on the road price for Jakarta area)*.
*price above is only for Solid Color; Smart Black. For two tone color on the road price Rp 538 million