Honda 2011 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Rolls Late Summer

Honda is getting into the early green car news coming from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit with word today that its upcoming 2011 CR-Z sport hybrid coupe is making its U.S. production debut. The sporty hybrid will be set to go on sale through two different trim levels – the “well-equipped CR-Z and the feature-rich CR-Z EX” – in late summer of this year.

The CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, said Honda, “is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda’s compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system.” This system is said to be the sixth unique version of the IMA, with the base of the hybrid powertrain being “4-cylinder, 16-valve, single overhead cam engine with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional power from the IMA system’s DC brushless electric motor” that is 10-kilowatts. Peak horsepower output is 120 hp, and CVT equipped models are estimated to have fuel ratings of 36 city/38 highway miles per gallon. Manual six-speed transmissions get slightly less.

image via Honda

image via Honda

The car introduces a new three-mode drive system which includes an economy driving mode. It is activated via three backlit buttons to the left of the steering wheel. It also includes a variety of other features typical of this type of coupe, including a lower center of gravity, anti-lock brakes and a sleek design. The CR-Z as well offers an Eco Guide and Eco scoring feature to help drivers track progress of efficient driving styles.

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