At the 2014 New York Motor Show, Honda has announced that it will launch the Vezel Urban SUV in the US market this year. Named as Honda HR-V compact SUV, the crossover will join the Honda’s small cars lineup in America. It is based on the 2014 Jazz aka Fit platform; the vehicle was speculated to be launched in the Indian car market as well in 2014-15.
“Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. “Together these models also represent Honda’s step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years.”
Based on the “Dynamic Cross Solid” concept, the HR-V SUV features unique and sharp character lines that offer SUV-like stable lower body and coupe like upper body. The rear outer door handles are integrated into the window graphics, which looks like a 2-door coupe.
Honda Vezel aka HR-V will be offered in two engine options- a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 131PS and 155Nm of top torque and a hybrid engine coupled with a 1.5-litre unit and an electric motor, developing 132PS. Both the engines will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.