Following a world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, the Honda Vezel went on sale in the Japanese market last week. Based on the same platform as the 2014 Honda Jazz, the Vezel sports a crossover body and is positioned below the CR-V.
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In Japan, the Vezel gets two engine options, both of which are available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The gasoline variants are powered by a four-cylinder, 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine producing 131 PS and 155 Nm of torque. Mated to either a CVT or a 7-speed stepped CVT gearbox, this version of the Vezel returns 20.6 km/l (2WD) and 19 km/l (4WD) in the Japanese JCO8 driving cycle.
A hybrid variant of the Vezel is also available, in which an electric motor assists the 1.5-liter engine. Combined, the Vezel Hybrid generates 132 PS of power, and is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. While the 2WD model is rated at 27 km/l, the 4WD Vezel Hybrid sees its efficiency at 21.6 km/l.
In Japan, the Vezel's price starts from 1.87 million Yen (INR 11.14 lakhs) for the base 2WD gasoline model and extends up to 2.68 million Yen (INR 15.96 lakhs) for the top-end 4WD Hybrid variant.