Honda Vezel compact SUV breaks cover

  • Nov 20, 2013

Honda first unveiled its compact SUV, termed as the ‘Urban SUV Concept’, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The Japanese car maker has now taken the wraps off the production ready model at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Based on the Honda Jazz/Fit platform, the all new Vezel compact SUV will look to capitalize in its increasingly lucrative segment.

At first glance, it has to be said that the new Honda Vezel is quite the looker with its bold design cues that mimic the front end of its larger sibling the Honda CR-V, with its V shaped front grille that gets a chunky plastic beam connecting the angular headlamps. The lower section of the front bumper is also similar in design to that of the CR-V’s as well with stretched plastic fog lamp housings and a centrally located air dam with a lip spoiler below.

The side profile of the Honda Vezel gets a sloping rear roofline giving it a Coupe like look, other design cues include a crease in the lower section of the doors to lend a visual break and a prominent kink stretching from mid section of the front doors to the end of the window line of the rear doors. The wheel arches are flared and so is the later part rear doors. The rear door handles are integrated into the C-Pillars like on the new Civic.

Around the back, the rear section of the Vezel remains identical to its concept with its tall rear bumper, heavily contoured tailgate and tail lamps that stretch from the top-mid section of the tailgate on to its flared side sections.

The Vezel appears to have an adequate ground clearance and a rather sporty look that has given its competitors something to worry about.

Under the hood, the Honda Vezel is expected to be powered by the company’s 1.5 liter petrol i-VTEC engine and the 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine.

Sadly though, due to the weakening rupee Honda has no plans of bringing the car to India at the moment as it will become too expensive. And considering its experience with the relatively high priced Jazz, the company will not want to go down the same path again. If the Vezel does make it to India in the future, it will be expected to compete with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the upcoming Suzuki XA Alpha.


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