The Honda CR-Z in Japan has gone through a bit of an update, mods we’re uncertain will make it Stateside or anywhere else in the world but intriguing all the same (if only to have more OEM JDM options for those into that sort of thing). The list of tweaks includes suspension, brakes, exterior appearance, interior comfort and convenience, and a couple safety improvements.
It looks like (the press release was in Japanese, so forgive us if we botch the translation) the 2016 model year CR-Z will come in two trims, a base model and “Master Label” option. Both versions will get retuned shocks and spring rates, and a rear tire that will be 10mm wider, which should make the car a bit more lithe. Stopping power has also seen enhancements in the way of larger diameter 15-inch brake rotors and bigger pistons in the calipers and master cylinder.
Outside, the coupe features a redesigned front bumper, front grille, rear bumper, and side sill garnish, with a two-tone, black roof option now available; Honda has also added Velvet Purple Pearl as a premium exterior color. At the front corners, the headlights now come with integrated LED turn signals, while under the CR-Z are a foursome of freshly designed 16- and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
The cabin now boasts an electronic parking brake, and not too far from that switch in the center console is a new built-in armrest on the lid of the storage box. A sound system with seven speakers and 360-watt amp fills the interior with good sounds, while new noise cancelling technology keeps out the unwanted din. Finally, Honda is offering a “Peace of Mind” package for the CR-Z (standard in Master Label trim) that features side curtain air bags and front seat side air bags with retuned sensitivities.