Japanese automajor Honda has launched its new compact SUV the Vezel in Japan for 1.87 million Yen (around Rs 11.14 lakh), with the top-end variant going upto 2.68 million Yen (around Rs 16 lakh). The compact SUV made its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2013 as a concept, followed by its preview at the Tokyo Motor Show last month. The Mini SUV is likely to make its debut in India as well by 2014 end or early 2015, though the company hasn't yet officially said anything on the same.
In Japan, the car has been made available in two engine options- a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol that churns out a maximum power output of 132bhp and 155Nm of peak torque; the other engine option is the same 1.5-litre gasoline but with an electric motor, capable of producing 132PS and 155NM of torque. Both the engines are offered with a CVT or seven-speed CVT in two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) configuration. If the Vezel makes it to India, it will be offered with a petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel mill in 2WD option only.
In Japan, the Honda Vezel is available in eight different colours and two alloy wheels and one steel wheel option. Since the car is longer than 4 metres, the closest competitors of this Mini SUV will be Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari and likes. Equipped with high-quality interiors and spacious cabin, the vehicle is expected to be more upmarket than many of its rivals.