Subcompact Crossover

Honda Bringing Subcompact Crossover to U.S.

December 30, 2013|Posted in: Honda

Subcompact CrossoverAccording to Automotive News, late next year, Honda will be bringing its Japanese subcompact crossover, the Vezel, to our shores. However, it will have a new name once it gets here.

The Vezel is based on Honda’s popular subcompact Fit model. While we don’t know yet what type of powertrain options the U.S. version of the Vezel will have, we do know that the Japanese version comes equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. There is also a 1.5-liter hybrid version.

Early indications are that the U.S. version will only have a standard gasoline engine at first. Honda has suggested that other models, including a hybrid and a turbocharged version, would come later.

“We haven’t decided yet what model year it will be, but we have that in our plan,” Yoshiharu Itai, chief engineer of the car, said of a turbocharged Vezel at a recent briefing outside Tokyo. “We are creating a package so that turbocharging could be installed with this model.”

Honda says the new crossover will have “a coupe-like, high-quality personal space for the front seats and minivan-like elbowroom, comfort and functionality for the rear seats.”

Stay tuned to our Casey Honda blog for future updates on this new Honda model.

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