Honda Gives 2016 CR-Z A Very Light Facelift

The CR-Z is having a rough time in the US with sales through September being 25 percent down to just 2,205 units, but Honda isn’t letting go and is updating its hybrid sports hatch for the 2016MY.

It’s not a surprise facelift, as Honda prepared us for it with the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) model in late August. In a similar fashion, the North American spec car receives some mild cosmetic revisions, together with new features and options, and a new trim grade named EX-L.

Honda’s subtle styling modifications on the outside include an edgier interpretation of the front bumper with a blade-like element and a restyled, eight-point-grille, plus new five-spoke alloy wheels, and a new rear bumper that mirrors the upward sweeping design of the front.

On the inside, the 2016MY CR-Z gains new brushed metallic trims on the door handles, front paneling and center console, while the fitment of a new standard electric parking brake (EPB) discards the traditional parking brake lever making space for a new lower center console between the seats that incorporates an armrest and a storage compartment.

New standard features across the range include the Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop system and a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, with the EX and the new EX-L Navi trims gaining LaneWatch, which displays a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the Display Audio screen.

For 2016, Honda is introducing a top-of-the-line EX-L Navi trim that adds heated and leather-trimmed seats with contrasting stitch pattern, plus navigation and extra functions for the Display Audio system.

Finishing up the changes for the new model year are a set of optional styling accessories such as front bumper, rear tailgate and A- and B-pillar garnishes, LED fog lights with blue accent, and fuel cap trims.

The CR-Z retains its 130hp 1.5-liter petrol engine and electric motor combo, with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and an available CVT. Sales start on November 3, with prices kicking off from $20,295 excluding delivery.

Photo Gallery

BMW Wants To Kill Off i3 EV Hatch In Favor Of Other Models

BMW’s focus going forward will reportedly be on PHEV derivatives of current models as well as all-electric new models.

Honda Wants To Sell At Least 10,000 e EVs Annually In Europe

A successful Honda e will allow the carmaker to achieve the EU’s fleet average of 95 g/km CO2 and avoid paying costly fines over emission targets.

2021 VW ID.4 Compact Electric Crossover Spotted Testing Alongside ID.3 Hatch

The ID.4 will go on sale in the United States next spring, with deliveries scheduled to commence in late 2020.

GM And UAW Resume Negotiations As Workers Continue Their Strike

The strike could cost the company $50 million daily in lost production alone, according to analysts’ estimates.

Mazda Will Unveil New EV Prototype At Tokyo Motor Show

The electric vehicle will be available for test drives disguised as a Mazda CX-30, but will have a new EV platform underneath.

Mercedes-Maybach SUV To Launch In November With Its Own Special Scent

Unlike 2018’s Ultimate Luxury Concept, the production version will look similar to the GLS, albeit with some distinctive changes inside and out.

Is BMW Working On A 550 HP M750Le Performance Plug-In Hybrid?

The hybridized 7-Series should feature a 3.0-liter straight-six paired to an electric motor and BMW’s latest-gen battery pack.

Female Arrested For DUI With Her Three Kids In Car, Trying To Bribe Officers With Sexual Favors

Driving under the influence is very dangerous; having your children onboard even worse, and as for the indecent proposals… well, that’s just funny.

Porsche Taycan Styling Translates Well To A Future, Electric 718 Cayman

Porsche recently admitted electric versions of the Boxster and Cayman are a possibility, though even if they are green-lit, they are still a few years away.

2020 Mini JCW Clubman Slapped With AUD $57,900 Price Tag Down Under

The 302 HP JCW Clubman and JCW Countryman will hit Mini’s Australian dealers in Q4 2020.