Leaked images of the 2016 Honda CR-Z facelift have been posted online courtesy of CarNewsChina, which show the compact hybrid’s dynamic new look.
From the front, there is a whole slew of changes beginning with the new headlamps which appear to be LED units and a new front bumper. Moving on to the side, the alloy wheels adopt a more aggressive design as well.
At the rear, a sportier rear bumper can be seen but other than that, there are no obvious changes visible at the rear. Even the taillights appear to be the same as that found on the present model. Suffice to say, the facelift gives the Honda CR-Z an even sportier look, which certainly is a welcomed thing.
The cabin sees a substantial update as well with a new gear knob (seen here in the manual version). Elsewhere, the electronic parking brake just behind the gear shift replaces the manually operated one. Where the handbrake handle used to be, an armrest to take its place in the freed up space. Other minor updates sees the addition of chromed door handles, a new screen for the infotainment system, and unseen changes on the left-side stalk.
As for the powertrain, the CR-Z is expected to adopt the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC SOHC engine-electric motor pairing, mated to either a seven-speed CVT or six-speed manual transmission. Power outputs are 135PS/172Nm for the former and 136PS/190Nm for the latter.