Next year, Honda will introduce a compact crossover based on the Fit that will sit below its CR-V.
Sales of the yet-unnamed vehicle are set to begin later this month in Japan with the name “Vezel” for that market. But the vehilces will be aimed at different demographics in Japan and North America. In its home market, the company will sell the bulk of its volume in hybrid form. That won’t even be an option when it comes here.
Rather, Honda plans to take on small crossovers that are proving to be popular with North American drivers. They include the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore and Subaru XV Crosstrek and the first soldier into battle will use a conventional gasoline engine. The current Fit uses a 1.5-liter four cylinder, yet Honda hasn’t announced powertrain details for the U.S. model.
But the big Japanese automaker is considering a force-fed option for increased horsepower and improved fuel economy down the line.
Honda revealed its new line of turbocharged “Earth Dreams” engines introduced during the Tokyo Motor Show in November and the 1.5-liter version will likely find its way into this product. Timing associated with introducing the turbo model hasn’t been finalized and a hybrid model could also follow, although that is also up in the air.
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