Honda Vezel crossover and new turbo engines slated for US market — Autoweek

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New Honda Vezel crossover on in US mid-2014; new turbo engines

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Honda is ready to take a run at one of the auto industry’s fastest-growing compact, sporty crossovers.

The Vezel — a small based on Honda’s redesigned Fit — goes on sale in Japan and in the second half of in the United States.

It will in an increasingly crowded segment of utility vehicles that such rivals as the Mazda Nissan Juke and Subaru XV .

It will be slotted below the one of Honda’s top-selling U.S. with annual sales to top 300,000 units for the first in 2013.

Vezel is the car’s name. The U.S. name be announced later, Honda today.

In the United States, Juke have climbed 4 percent year and Mazda CX-5 has surged 95 percent. Sales of the new XV Crosstrek have totaled while Buick Encore are 29,195.

The Honda Vezel, here in right-hand drive JDM

CR-V vs. Vezel

The Vezel is 9 inches shorter than the currently the smallest crossover in U.S. lineup, as well as 1 narrower and 1 inch lower. The is also about 1 inch The vehicle is 7 inches longer the current Fit hatchback.

In Japan, the version of the Honda Vezel is to account for 90 percent of sales. Not so in the States.

Honda won’t offer the hybrid variant in showrooms initially. When sales begin, the Vezel have a standard gasoline

Down the road, the Vezel get a turbocharged version to improve economy and boost power, Itai, the crossover’s chief says.

Turbo timing

Timing of the turbo debut been decided, but Itai he expects to use the new line of small engines Honda introduced month before the Tokyo Show. He is considering the 1.5-liter which Honda showed in an ILX sedan .

“We haven’t decided yet model year it will be, but we that in our plan,” Itai of a turbocharged Vezel at a recent outside Tokyo. “We are creating a so that turbocharging could be with this model.”

A version may come to the United but no decision has been made.

The Vezel weighs about 680 less than the front-wheel CR-V. The Vezel comes in a or all-wheel-drive layout.

The Vezel’s hybrid drivetrain is the newly developed one-motor, lithium ion battery system in the third-generation Fit hatchback that this year in Japan.


The hybrid system a 1.5-liter direct-injection Earth engine with a seven-speed transmission and 22-kilowatt electric The standard gasoline version the 1.5-liter engine with a variable transmission.

The current Fit hatchback uses a 1.5-liter The CR-V has a 2.4-liter engine.

has not divulged the U.S. drivetrain for the Vezel.

The 1.5-liter turbocharged Honda has developed is seen as a for 1.8-liter powerplants. Compared a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated Honda says, the 1.5-liter provides 15 percent better economy and 45 percent better

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That engine is expected to hit the in early 2016.

The Honda small SUV for North America is to be built in Mexico.


Honda is waiting on a hybrid for the States, partly because doesn’t warrant importing it Japan. Honda plans to all U.S. Vezels from its new in Mexico, Itai said.

built the plant as a hedge exchange rate losses on and as a low-cost manufacturing center could deliver better on entry-level cars.

A spokesman Honda wants to establish the version in the market before on whether to add a hybrid option to the

The crossover is key to Honda President Ito’s push to boost sales to 6 million vehicles in the year ending March 31, from 4.01 million in the year ended March 31,

By 2016, the Fit hatchback and its Vezel and City sedan variants account for worldwide sales of 1.6 units, Ito says.

US sales

Honda is also banking on the to fuel a big surge in U.S. Honda built the new plant in with capacity of 200,000 just to make the crossover and the Fit More than half of the capacity will be devoted to the says Ito.

That volume would bring a big step closer to its ambitious American sales goal of 2 in the fiscal year ending 31, 2016. Honda sold 1.7 units in the last fiscal and expects to sell close to 1.8 in the fiscal year ending 31, 2014.

Itai said the ideally wants to keep the standardized because it is a global vehicle. But Honda officials say it may be to suit local markets.

The Japan name comes the word “bezel,” the mounting for But it gets a befuddling Japanese in swapping the “b” for a “v,” two sounds indistinguishable to the Japanese ear.

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