2015 Honda Vezel a Production Version of Urban SUV Concept

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
Honda took the covers off a new production utility vehicle in the Eastern Capital and it’s called the Vezel. It’s a product that promises to blend a variety of vehicular attributes into one right-sized package.

According to Honda the 2015 Vezel fuses the dynamic qualities of an SUV with the elegance of a coupe and the functionality of a minivan. It’s basically a production version of the company’s Urban SUV concept that was revealed back in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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It should provide a high-quality environment for front-seat riders with minivan-like elbowroom and comfort in the rear. It’s reported the Vezel is built on the same architecture as the Honda Fit.

In Japan, the launch market for this vehicle, customers have a choice of propulsion system. They can opt for either a gasoline-powered model or they can get one with a hybrid drivetrain.

The standard version is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder featuring direct fuel injection. The hybrid system takes advantage of that same engine and matches it with a high-output motor. The gasoline-electric version also features Honda’s i-DCD, which stands for Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive.

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Add it all up, carry the three and try not to divide by zero, and either drivetrain combination should result in dynamic performance and excellent fuel economy, at least according to Honda. Unfortunately utput numbers have not been shared at this time.

More details about this vehicle will be released on December 19, though the Vezel will officially go on sale in Japan just one day later. How’s that for a close shave?

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Me Me on Feb 16, 2014

    Wheels are too small... Car looks too heavy on such small wheels, and too close to the ground. Side mirrors could be more aerodynamic looking

  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 26, 2014

    Fo shezel my vezel