Hybrids aren’t exactly popular in the Philippines, mainly due to the fact that the government doesn’t really give a single damn about it. So hybrids tend to be expensive, since the reason why hybrids have affordable prices in most countries is due to government incentives and other programs that will make people be attracted to owning an eco-friendly vehicle. The Honda CR-Z though, is the most affordable way to owning a hybrid in the country, and as an added bonus, the hybrid is wrapped in a beautifully designed package.
The exterior has been updated with a new grille, a black highlight at the bottom of the bumper, new alloy wheel designs, and a set of new colors with a two-tone finish optionally available. Inside, the CR-Z gains new features, which includes Honda’s excellent Display Audio infotainment system with navigation, smart key with push button start, an electronic parking brake, which now enables Honda to add a center armrest.
The powertrain is carried over from the pre-facelifted CR-Z, still powered by the L15 1.5 liter SOHC i-VTEC mated to an electric motor. New features that aim to improve the driving experience further are Active Noise Cancelling and Active Sound Control. Depending on the driving mode selected, the Honda CR-Z can be really quiet, or give off a raspy engine note when in Sport mode.
The Honda CR-Z’s line-up has been reduced to 1 variant, with a price of P1,440,000 for the manual, and P1,530,000 for the CVT, with an additional P30,000 if you want the two-tone paint scheme.