The Honda Vezel compact crossover has just gone on sale in Japan last week (see our mega gallery of the baby CR-V here, or a live gallery from its global unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show here). If you think that the name doesn’t sound quite right, well, you’re not alone. Honda has confirmed that the Vezel name will not make its way Stateside.
When it does arrive in the US of A in the second half of 2014, the third-generation Honda Jazz/Fit-based soft-roader will carry a different, yet-unnannounced name. What’s under the hood will be tailored for American consumption too, the vehicle’s Chief Designer Yoshiharu Itai told Autonews USA.
At launch, only the base 131 PS 1.5 litre engine will be offered. Japan’s 152 PS hybrid variant won’t make an appearance, but the recently-announced direct-injection 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO unit is being considered for the American market. Its closest rivals, the Buick Encore (a rebadged Opel Mokka) and Nissan Juke, both have small-capacity turbocharged engines.
The Honda Vezel (or whatever it will be called outside of Japan) is currently being considered for a Malaysian introduction. What would be your preferred engine choice above the standard 1.5 litre variant – a hybrid that promises 27 km/l or a higher-performance VTEC TURBO version?