The Honda Vezel is a product which needless to say we are very interested in and rightly so as when launched this could shake things up in the SUV segment. Of course it has to be priced right and more importantly it has to have a diesel to be a success. Just launched in Japan it also has a hybrid option. For starters the name comes from an English word “bezel” which means the oblique faces of a cut gem together with the “V” for “vehicle.”
The new images also gets us a more better view of the design which looks good with its crossover style. It is a typical Honda design with a lot going on at the front. There is also a hint of Honda CR-V here but it is a more curvier look. The front features two LED lights on each side and also there is an LED light guiding stripe for all rear combination lamps for hybrid models. Now it certainly looks like a two-door coupe with its rear outer door handles integrated into the window. In Japan there is a total of 8 colour options.
Step inside and it is a futuristic interior with quality materials. The design is straight forward but the execution is funky. There is LED lighting here too. When it comes to features the Vezel is equipped like cars costing much more. The detailing continues with the fact that the high-deck center console features flexible drink holders with a bottom that can be adjusted to change the depth according to the height of drink containers. While it looks more like a coupe there is enough rear headroom and legroom is good. For those who want to know boot space stands at 404L. There are a total of 4 interior colour options.
For India when the Vezel comes expect it to have the same diesel engine with fuel economy plus a petrol engine. In Japan it has a 150 bhp hybrid model having a fuel economy of 27 kmpl while there is also a 1.5 petrol option. The Vezel comes with Real Time AWD, which electronically, controls the driving force of the rear wheels.
In Japan the Vezel gets a CVT option with paddle shifters while there is also a DCT. For India we will probably get the CVT. The Vezel in Japan comes lavishly equipped with features like Electric Parking Brake and the Automatic Brake Hold, as standard equipment.
On first impression the Vezel comes across as a desirable SUV that has everything that you would need and want. As said earlier it depends on the price and positioning. It is clear that the Vezel would be priced above the Renault Duster due to its features and size.