2015 Honda Fit-based CUV Bows at 2013 Tokyo Auto Show

TOKYO -- It certainly won't be called the Vezel when Honda begins building the new Fit-based crossover/utility vehicle in the Mexican town of Celaya, Guanajuato, in the spring of 2014, though that's how it was unveiled at the 43rd annual motor show here. The Vezel, as it will be called in its home market, is based on the Honda Fit b-segment and wears sheetmetal reminiscent of its slightly bigger sibling, the CR-V.

If Honda maintains CR-V-like nomenclature, the new model should be called the BR-V. The Vezel goes on sale in Japan December 20 with both gasoline and hybrid engine choices. Honda did not issue any more details, though we can expect the Fit hatchback's 1.5L gas four and 1.5L Atkinson cycle engine with hybrid drive and the automaker's new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Honda has also announced new gas direct-injection turbocharged VTEC engines, including 1.0L-three and 1.5L four-cylinder variations, but has not announced a rollout-schedule for them.

The North American version of the Honda Vezel will join the Buick Encore and BMW X1 in the emerging b-segment subcompact CUV category, though it's expected to have a list price significantly lower than either pioneering model.

FWD is good enough with today's electronic stability systems, unless someone wants to go hunting in the bush. Different vehicle is needed for of road in the nature. Most of the people do not even know what exactly AWD, 4WD and 4x4 is and how to drive it. We can see them in the ditch ones the snow falls. This is personal choice to spend extra 2-3 or $4000 for something we do not really need. The advantage of SUV (CUV) is in higher clearance of the ground. That makes it safer when park against curb, in snow tracks in the back lane, uneven road surface and all that kind of hazards.Now about this particular vehicle: The dashboard of the passenger side is designed ugly! The muffler underneath looks like patch. The exhaust pipe is integrated in the rear bumper on the modern cars, as this one claims to be. The rear door handle is funny too. It should have to be designed as the front one. There is few more things I do not like. I was waiting for this one since 2012 CRV. HONDA disappointed me again. I really hope 2015 Pilot is going to be world dream as they say.
I can never understand why anyone would bother with a 2wd version of any SUV.  This is exactly the size I have been looking for and if a luxurious Acura version with AWD and 2l turbo were produced, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

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