Honda Vezel, a compact SUV/crossover model that was revealed a few weeks back at the Tokyo Motor Show, has been launched in Japan. The compact SUV sits below the CR-V and is said to offer SUV like lower body stability, coupe like styling and MPV like interior space.
Honda Vezel, a play on the word ‘bezel', with the ‘V' coming from the word ‘vehicle', is based on Jazz platform and as such is more of a city crossover than an off-roader. While the Vezel sports SUV like raised ride height, it also features a c-pillar mounted rear door handle, giving it a sleek, coupe like appearance. Honda Vezel is likely to be introduced in India during the later half of 2014.
In its home market Honda is offering Vezel with two engine variants - a petrol and a petrol hybrid unit. The first will be a 1.5 liter unit rated at 131 PS power and 155 Nm of torque.
This engine option will be available with two choices of CVT transmissions and will come with either a 2WD or 4WD configurations.
The second is the same 1.5 liter petrol unit combined with an electric motor, delivering a slight increase in power, but a significant improvement in fuel economy. The hybrid model will come with the 7 speed dual clutch transmission as standard.
The 1.5 liter petrol will manage to return 20.6 km/l and 19 km/l for the 2WD and 4WD variants respectively. Meanwhile, the hybrid will deliver as much as 27 km/l of mileage.
In Japan, Honda Vezel ranges from 1.87 million Yen (INR 11.14 lakhs) for the 2WD variant to 2.08 million Yen (12.39 lakhs) for the base 4WD to 2.19 million Yen (INR 13.04 lakhs). The top of line variant will retail for 2.68 million yen (INR 15.96 lakhs)