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Honda Vezel is likely to reach the US market with HR-V moniker

Snapshot: Honda is contemplating over renaming the Vezel to HR-V for US market

After the launch of Vezel in Japan, Honda is all-set to introduce this new compact-SUV in the US market around mid 2014. Interestingly, it recently emerged that the Japanese automaker will rename the Vezel with HR-V moniker for the US market. Although, the company officials have not confirmed whether the assumptions are to be believed or not but Honda sold the HR-V mini SUV in European market between 1999 and 2006 and arguably using a known name might help the company to garner more sales in the respective markets.

The Honda Vezel is based on company's Fit (Jazz in India) hatchback with similar underpinnings but overall it has an advance construction. Firstly, the concept of Vezel was unveiled at 2013 Detroit Motor Show which was followed by its production version at Tokyo Motor Show. The company launched the Vezel in December 2013 in Japan and has been offering the model in petrol as well as in hybrid powertrain options. The conventional petrol motor is 1.5-litre i-VTEC which is mated to a CVT transmission and comes in both front wheel and all-wheel drive configuration. The hybrid powerplant features the same 1.5-litre petrol mill but it is combined with a 30 BHP electric motor.

Honda is also developing an all-new compact-SUV for the competitive grounds like India, Thailand, Brazil and other similar markets. The company already debuted its compact-SUV concept, Vision XS-1, at the 2014 Auto Expo India which is expected to be clothed in its production avatar by 2016.

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