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Honda to revive CRX sport hatch

2007-10-09 11:15
Honda has released details of a spiritual successor to the much loved CRX coupe of the late 80's, the CR-Z, reviving the companies small coupe line of heritage.

The CR-Z is a next-generation lightweight sports car equipped with Honda's original gas-electric hybrid system which achieves both clean performance and a high level of torque.

'CR-Z' stands for 'Compact Renaissance Zero'- an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.

Exterior design

Designed to be 'Futuristic and Dynamic', the CR-Z combines powerful performance in a compact form with a futuristic image.

For its frontal view, an over-sized grill with a high-performance look is offset by openings on each side that lighten the overall feel. In the rear, tube-shaped rear combination lamps ensure better rearward visibility.

Design details emphasizing the CR-Z's advanced image include door mirrors that provide high visibility in a stylish form, LED headlights patterned after luminous bodies to convey a sharp impression, and jauntyfin-shaped sub-lights. Large, 19-inch wheels are ready for dynamic driving performance.

Interior design

Echoing the original CRX's advanced interior design the new CR-Z features a host of contemporary interior design details. The goal was to create an all-new sporty interior that fuses the liberating feel of airy spaciousness with an advanced interface that brings out the fun of the drive.

Mesh material on a simple framework construction is used throughout the interior to convey a light, sophisticated image without being oppressive. In the cockpit, the meter unit conveys the image of advanced technology ensconced in a piece of glass artwork, offering the functionality of immediate recognition while enhancing the driving experience with a futuristic and exhilarating feeling.

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