Honda, that unveiled the Vezel Urban SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show, has launched the vehicle in the Japanese market. Based on the 2014 Jazz platform, the crossover is likely to be launched in the Indian car market as well in 2014-15.
The exterior design of the Urban SUV was developed under the concept of "Dynamic Cross Solid." The unique and sharp character lines offers the SUV-like stable lower body and coupe like upper body. Its headlights features two LED lights on each side, and an LED light guiding stripe was adopted for all rear combination lamps for hybrid models. The rear outer door handles are integrated into the window graphics, creating a 2-door-coupe-like feel. The new Vezel is now available with eight body paints, depending on the variant.
For the buyers, Honda Vezel is being offered in two engine options- a 1.5-litre petrol and a hybrid engine. The gasoline mill churns out a maximum power output of 131PS and 155Nm of top torque, while the hybrid engine paired with a 1.5-litre unit with an electric motor, developing 132Ps.
The petrol powered Vezel is available in either a CVT or a 7-speed stepped CVT and is offered with 2WD and 4WD. This model returns an impressive 20.6kmpl (2WD) and 19kmpl (4WD) of mileage in Japanese driving cycle. Its hybrid model also get a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and it offers a fuel efficiency of 21.6kmpl to 27kmpl.
The entry level 2WD Vezel petrol is tagged at 1.85 million Yen (approx Rs. 11.10 lakh), while the base 4WD petrol is priced at 2.08 million Yen (around Rs. 12.30 lakh). The hybrid version is priced at 2.19 million Yen (around Rs. 13 lakh) for entry level model, while the price of top end variant is 2.68 million Yen (approx 16 lakh).