Honda prepping Jazz-based Vezel crossover for US launch

Honda prepping Jazz-based Vezel crossover for US launch image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Honda Press | posted April 07, 2014 09:41

Vezel already available in Japan, it may be be sold as the HR-V Stateside.

Honda is aggressively making up for lost time and opportunity after struggling in the global market the last few years by coming up with innovative ways to keep their products interesting. 

Their latest venture is into the subcompact crossover market with the Vezel.  Introduced in the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and already sold in the Japanese market, Honda is taking it to the next level by marketing it in the U.S. and speculation is it will be called the HR-V.

Based on the Jazz, known as Fit in the Americas, platform, it will compete with the Ford EcoSport if it makes it to our shores.  There are no specific powertrain details but our best guess is that it may come with the Jazz’s 1.5L engine with Earth Dreams technology.  Speculation is it may also sport the 1.5L turbocharged Honda engine but it is all ‘wait-and-see’ at this point.

This model slots in perfectly after the bigger-sized CR-V in Honda’s lineup of vehicles.