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Honda unveils sub-CR-V Vezel crossover

by Ronan Glon

The Vezel is based on the Fit subcompact.

Honda has introduced the sub-CR-V, Fit-based Vezel crossover at the Tokyo Motor Show.

As expected, the crossover is heavily inspired by the Urban SUV Concept that bowed in Detroit earlier this year but it gains regular headlamps and smaller, more realistic wheels. The front end borrows styling cues from Honda's new "Exciting H" design language, and the concept's hidden rear door handles have been carried over to the production version.

Inside, the Vezel follows the path blazed by the Fit and adopts a clean, simple dashboard with a large color touch screen and a three-pod instrument cluster.

Technical details are not available but rumors indicate the crossover will use a slightly larger version of the new direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine found under the hood of the 2015 Fit. Both front- and all-wheel drive models will be offered, and the crossover will gain a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain later in the production run.

After debuting in Japan next month, Honda's smallest soft-roader will land in showrooms across the U.S. next summer as a 2015 model. A full set of details - including the crossover's U.S. nameplate - will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

Live images by Ben Hsu.

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