Honda Vezel is a specially-designed subcompact crossover for the Japanese market. Don’t be confused; it isn’t a brand-new model or anything like it. In the rest of the world, the Vezel is known as HR-V. But, the Japanese model is the latest one, which will get the Modulo X sporty treatment.
The Modulo X package will be available on the Vezel Touring and the Hybrid versions and includes styling updates, as well as the suspension improvements. As for the exterior of the crossover, the bumper will enhance the driving performance, thanks to refined aerodynamics. Also, Modulo X uses a couple of unique elements painted black, such as grille, side skirts, front bumper lip, and rear bumper aero garnish.
Furthermore, you’ll find the high-class LED fog lights and chrome exhaust finishers. The subcompact Vezel offers four exterior color choices: Platinum White Pearl, Premium Crystal Blue Metallic, Premium Crystal Red Metallic, and Crystal Black Pearl.
Honda Vezel Design
Honda Vezel comes with a significantly updated exterior design. Most noticeable is the refined grille, new LED headlights, and refreshed look of the front bumper. As for the cabin, you’ll find front heated sport seats with ergonomic surfaces.
The company state that the seats provide more comfort and reduce fatigue during long hours on the road. Moreover, the seats come leather bolstered, with Luxe Suede surfaces and integrated headrests. The rear seats include a mixture of synthetic leather and Ultra Suede.
On top of that, new cabin upgrades deliver the unique floor mats with Modulo X aluminum emblem. Also, the new Vezel offers 17-inch and 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels. Of course, expect to see the latest Sensing suite of driver assistance systems as a standard feature across all trims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard for all versions, as well.
Engine and Price
Honda Vezel offers a refined hybrid powertrain, a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, and a redesigned brake pedal mechanism, for a better brake feel. The hybrid setup includes a 22 kW front engine and a 1.2 – 1.5 kWh battery, while the petrol engine produces up to 162 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque. Each version will include the 7-speed Continuously Variable automatic transmission.
Also, Honda claims that the Vezel will be quieter, with advanced insulation and a more silent fuel pump. This subcompact crossover is available in Japan from November 29. The starting price is 3,467,200 yen ($31,630) for the hybrid version, and 3,528, 800 yen ($32,185) for the Vezel with 1.5-liter turbo-four unit.