The Honda Atlas is set to launch First Official Hybrid Car in Pakistan, CR-Z Sports Hybrid on November 30, 2013.
Treat to watch isn’t it. The beauty will cost you 3 Million Rupees. Honda CR-Z is sport-oriented car with 1,500cc petrol engine coupled with a hybrid setup. Old used models of imported CR-Z Hybrid are already in Pakistan, but Honda Atlas has decided to launch its brand new model officially, so it makes it the first official launch of any Hybrid car in Pakistan.
Localised version of the Prius called ‘Rough Road’ for Pakistan is also set to launch anytime later this year but the launching date has not been announced.
Honda is exhibiting its new models of Civic and City at its booth in ongoing Expo Pakistan Exhibition where the company has also unveiled its coming model CR-Z Sports Hybrid in white colour.
A Honda officail present at the booth in Expo Pakistan said that, the CR-Z sports Hybrid car will be Pakistan’s first new and zero meter Hybrid vehicle. He said that the company has decided to introduce hybrid vehicle officially in Pakistan to check the response of the hybrids in Pakistan. As the country does not have sufficient conditions to drive the hybrid vehicles the company has tried to comply this car with the local road conditions, he added.
However Industry experts believe that the country is in dire need of small segment cars, which people can afford conveniently. But the local assemblers, instead of assembling below 1000cc segment cars, are busy in introducing such expensive vehicles in the country, they added.
Honda is one of the biggest auto makers in the world, but besides some locally assembled variants of Honda others are not offered in Pakistan. Keeping view the consumers’ desires, Honda Atlas Pakistan offers to its consumers that they can buy some internationally acclaimed models by placing orders with the company.
Honda CR-Z is reported to be powered by a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which reviewers say it provides adequate power. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Test drivers say that performance is better with the manual transmission, which shifts smoothly with short throws and does a better job of delivering power. The EPA reports that the 2013 CR-Z gets 36/39 mpg city/highway with the CVT, which is good for a small car, but somewhat unimpressive for a hybrid. Cars like the Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius C and Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid use less fuel.
While the CR-Z only has seats two, test drivers say that its seats are supportive, with good head and legroom. The 2013 Honda CR-Z comes standard with a backup camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port.