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2009 Honda CR-Z production concept

For the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, which takes place right in the automaker's backyard, Honda has updated the CR-Z hybrid concept to reflect what we can expect to see in the production model.

Antuan Goodwin
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
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Honda CR-Z production concept

As the CR-Z approaches production, the concept--while still a bit pie-in-the-sky--becomes more practical.
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Profile

In profile, not much has changed since we last saw the CR-Z. The nose has been subtly raised a bit, making the concept more crash safe and pedestrian friendly. Out back there appears to now be enough rear glass to actually see out of.
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Head on

Up front, the CR-Z gets larger headlights, side mirrors that are large enough to be useful, and a revised front bumper.
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Rear end

Out back, the CR-Z is still looking pretty conceptual, with an aggressive rear diffuser that almost certainly won't see production.
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Headlamp

While the headlamps seem to be approaching a production-worthy shape, we expect the road-going model to utilize a lighting array similar to the current Honda Insight.
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Six speed manual transmission

Before we get into that sci-fi instrument cluster, take a look at the transmission tunnel. Yes, that's a six-speed manual transmission...on a hybrid!
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Sporty seats

You don't have to pinch pennies with a concept, so the CR-Z is sporting some handsome sport buckets. Recaros would be great on the production model, but we're not holding our breath.
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Front seating only?

None of the interior photos show a rear seat, most likely--if the original 1980s CRX is any indicator--because there won't be one.
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Driver-centric instrumentation

The instrument cluster and controls seem to wrap around the driver and feature an aesthetic similar to that of the current Honda Insight. However, the CR-Z concept has a lot LCD screens and arbitrary blue illumination.
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Size

To get an idea of the CR-Z's size, here it is pictured with Honda's CB1100, which will also be on display at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

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