Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid unveiled

* A hybrid that's fun to drive * Emissions of 117g/km * Expect to pay around 18,000...

Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid unveiled

Honda has revealed its sporty CR-Z hybrid car at the Detroit motor show.

The CR-Z aims to shake off the worthy-but-dull image of some hybrids have with its sporty looks and 'kart-like' handling, combined with relatively low carbon dioxide emissions and high fuel economy.

The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Total power output is 122bhp, while emissions are pegged at 117g/km and average fuel consumption is 55.3mpg.

The car shares many components with the Insight hybrid, but the CR-Z is shorter and lighter.

Honda says the CR-Z has what it calls a '3-Mode Drive System', which allows the driver to choose between three settings that alters how the car responds, including throttle and steering responses.

European-spec CR-Zs will have a 2+2 seating arrangement although Honda says the rear seats are suited for 'smaller adults' or children.

The European version will make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March and will be on sale in the UK by the summer. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but expect to pay around 18,000.