Honda's new crossover launches in Japan, headed for US in 2014
A new compact SUV available with a choice of fuel or hybrid engine, the Honda Vezel hits the Japanese market Friday, December 20.autos Updated: Dec 20, 2013 14:58 IST
A new compact SUV available with a choice of fuel or hybrid engine, the Honda Vezel hits the Japanese market Friday, December 20. The Vezel is expected to arrive in the US in the second half of 2014 before heading to Europe in 2015.
The Honda Vezel runs on a 1.5L fuel engine, paired in the hybrid version with an electric motor and the brand's Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive transmission (i-DCD). This hybrid drivetrain was developed as a replacement for a 2.0L engine.
The Vezel enters the market as Honda's first hybrid equipped with the Real Time All-Wheel-Drive system, which works to ensure optimal distribution of power to all four wheels. This option is also available on the standard fuel-engine version.
Honda plans to market the crossover in the US from the second half of 2014 and in Europe from 2015.