The spy shots of the facelifted Honda CR-Z we showed you earlier this week are the real deal – the refreshed model with cosmetic and equipment upgrades has just been launched in Japan.
The 2016MY sporty hybrid gets a redesigned front fascia with a wing-line lip that unites the grille with the enlarged fog lights. The rear fascia is more sculpted as well, while the rear wheels have been pushed out to give the CR-Z a more dynamic stance. New wheel designs are also on the table.
In addition, the JDM-spec facelifted CR-Z features new LED headlights, but those will not be offered in the United States in order to keep costs down.
Changes inside include the replacement of the lever-style parking brake between the front seats with an electric one (which also made room for an armrest), the addition of a touch-panel audio screen as well as a new sound system fitted with an engine amplifier that accompanies acceleration with fake noises.
Unfortunately, the powertrain remains unchanged, which means the 1.5-liter petrol engine and the electric motor continue to produce just 130hp. The CR-Z does get larger disc brakes though (15 inches up from 14 inches on the current model) and an active noise cancellation technology to reduce road noise perceived in the cabin.
The facelifted Honda CR-Z will go on sale in Japan in October and is expected to arrive in the US shortly after.