Honda Vezel (known as HR-V in export markets) was first introduced in Japan in 2013 and has completed almost 7 years of its production run. Despite being old the Vezel is Honda’s best selling crossover which has maintained steady sales during all these years and even in 2019 (when its more than 6 years old) it achieved a sales average of around 4,800 units a month in its home market.
Now according to reports, Honda is preparing the next generation Vezel which will likely make its debut towards the end of this year. As per information the new Vezel will also be the first model to sit on Honda’s lightweight new modular platform dubbed as New Generation Honda Architecture.
According to Japanese media reports, the new Vezel will have a length of 4,350 mm, width of 1,785 mm, and height of 1,600 mm. Compared to the current model, the length is increased by 20 mm, the width increased by 15 mm but the height has decreased by 5 mm. This is in line with the modern trend of wide body crossovers with shorter height and broader footprint that contributes to sportiness and better stability & handling compared to high-riding SUVs of yesteryears.
In terms of styling the new Vezel will take inspirations from the latest Fit/ Jazz that went on sale in Japan earlier this year. Furthermore the new Vezel will make use of latest Fit hybrid’s e:HEV powertrain, which consists of a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine, two electric motors and a single fixed-gear ratio. There will be FWD and AWD versions on offer with Honda’s latest Sensing safety suite available as standard equipment.
Although the new Vezel is expected to break covers later this year, the launch may get dragged away due to the uncertain COVID-19 pandemic situation which has already disturbed automobile developments across the globe.