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Honda Vezel Previews Small SUV for U.S.


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Just the Facts:
  • The Honda Vezel, which debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, is the production version of the Honda Urban SUV Concept shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • Honda said the SUV will be named Vezel for the Japanese market.
  • It is not expected to retain the Vezel name when it debuts in the U.S.

TOKYO — The Honda Vezel, which debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, is the production version of the Honda Urban SUV Concept shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Honda said the SUV will be named Vezel for the Japanese market.

It is not expected to retain the Vezel name when it debuts in the U.S. Honda said the new Urban SUV will be launched in Europe during 2015, with the name of the European model confirmed closer to launch. It did not spell out U.S. plans, but said earlier that the SUV, which is derived from the Honda Fit, will hit the U.S. market in 2014.

The Honda Urban SUV Concept slots in below the Honda CR-V in terms of size and price. The production version is expected to aim for 40 mpg.

In Japan, the Vezel will be launched in gasoline and hybrid variants. The gas version will be equipped with a 1.5-liter direct-injection engine, while the hybrid gets the same engine along with a high-output electric motor.

The Vezel is designed to have the lower body of an SUV, but the look of a coupe in the upper body.

Edmunds says: An intriguing preview of a new Honda that may end up in your driveway before too long.

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