Honda to Show Custom Vezel, Fit, N-Box at 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon

Honda Tokyo Auto Salon concepts

Previewing a variety of custom and aftermarket products available for its Japanese model range, Honda is set to display a number of concept cars at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. Most notably, Honda will show a pair of Vezel concepts, which preview the upcoming Honda Fit crossover, as well as a few custom Honda Fits, and an N-Box kei car with styling that's similar to that of the Honda Element.

The Honda Vezel Modulo concept boasts a lower stance and sportier exterior than the standard Fit-based CUV. The Vezel Modulo concept adds stylish wheels, larger, more aggressive intakes, and a pair of roof rails. Aftermarket manufacturer Mugen also helped customize a Honda Vezel, dubbed the Mugen Vezel concept. The Mugen Vezel also gets larger intakes, adding a sharply lower front fascia in contrasting grey tones. The front grille received a flashy front badge plate that matches Mugen’s bold five-spoke black-and-chrome wheels.

The Japanese Honda Vezel uses either a 1.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder or 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with hybrid drive, both of which we can expect to come stateside when production begins in Honda’s Mexican facility this coming spring.

Two Honda Fit concepts will also bow at the event, known as the Mugen Fit RS and the Honda Fit Special Customize. Mugen’s take on the Honda Fit adds a distinctive racing flair that includes an eye-catching orange and black color scheme, lowered suspension, tight-mesh black grilles, and imposing lower front lamps. The Honda Fit Special Customize receives slightly more tame treatment, with a cohesive angular front fascia design that melds smoothly with the hood painted in contrasting black. The rear of this custom fit includes darkened taillights and a sporty roof spoiler.

Also on view will be one of Honda’s N-Box kei cars, this one done up to resemble the discontinued Honda Element model. Keeping the large rectangular sliding doors and highly functional interior, the N-Box + Element is, according to Honda, designed for both casual outdoor and urban use. The rear hatch opens to reveal a tall and spacious interior, which can be fitted with a variety of accessories ranging from camping gear to bike racks.

Other kei car concepts on view will be the N-WGN Macaron Color Collection and the N-One Modula concept (with Mini Cooper-like styling), while Mugen will show an aftermarket-fitted Honda Odyssey called the Mugen Odyssey Absolute.

SuperCarEnthusiast
I this picture Honda has a new front grill design.  It about time!  Hopefully no more stainless steel smiley face!
chop_622b
It's interesting how attractive this vehicle is with the black grill but how ugly with the silver swoop (ala Acura).  Still would be a great replacement for my 2002 RAV4 if, and only if, AWD and a more powerful engine than the 1.5 were offered.

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