Honda’s Vezel Urban SUV To Offer Hybrid Powertrain

Honda has unveiled its Vezel new Urban SUV production model on the first day of the Tokyo Motor Show.

The new model will carry the Vezel name for the Japanese market; Honda did not confirm what names this model will carry on other markets, but did say the new Urban SUV will be launched in Europe during 2015, with the name of the European model being confirmed nearer to launch.

Honda stated the exterior design of the new model is close to a SUV, with coupe-like styling in its upper body; the sharp character lines create an inspiring and emotional exterior design. The interior is designed to create a high-quality space for the driver and front passenger, and comfort and functionality for those in the rear.

In Japan, Honda said it will launch both a hybrid and gasoline model of the Vezel.

The hybrid model will be equipped with Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD that combines a 1.5 liter direct injection engine with a high-output electric motor; the gasoline model will be equipped with a 1.5 liter direct injection engine.

Honda declared that by adopting new-generation powertrain technologies, the Vezel delivers both a dynamic driving character and excellent fuel economy for both models.

The Japanese model will be launched officially in Japan on December 20, 2013 and more details will be revealed in the next few weeks.