Starting from tomorrow, Honda will begin sales of the Vezel SUV in Japan. The new vehicle, which was first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last month, has been designed and developed to go up against the likes of Nissan’s Juke, the Mini Countryman, Vauxhall’s Mokka and Ford’s EcoSport.
Honda has also confirmed a 4WD option will be available in both hybrid and petrol variations.
The former will be equipped with SPORT HYBRID i-DCD, Honda’s next-generation hybrid system that combines a 1.5 litre direct injection engine with an electric motor to deliver power that Honda claims will be equivalent to that of a regular 2.0 litre engine.
Moreover, the Vezel hybrid variant will be the first among all Honda hybrid models to be equipped with Honda’s new Real Time All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) technology, which is said to control torque distribution to the front and rear wheels more precisely through electronic control.
The car is due to be launched in Europe in 2015, though details on specifications, engine options and naming of the model are yet to be confirmed for the European market.