Sales of the all-new Honda Vezel SUV have kicked off in Japan, although the Nissan Juke rival won't arrive in the UK until early 2015. Honda won't use the Vezel name when it arrives in the UK and the engine line-up will differ, but the rest of the package will remain.
Based on the same platform as the next-generation Honda Jazz, the Vezel takes many of its styling cues from the CR-Z coupe. The narrow grille, raked back headlights and sloping roofline give it a more sporting and coupe-like appearance. Practicality hasn’t been compromised, however, with 453 litres of boot space available - dwarfing the Nissan Juke’s 251 litres.
In the UK, Honda’s Urban SUV is likely to adopt the same engine line-up as the Jazz it’s based on and feature the manufacturer’s fuel-efficient Earth Dreams units, including the Civic’s 1.6-litre diesel. The hybrid powertrain from the Jazz could also be used for the UK spec models, making it the first compact SUV offered with hybrid running gear.
Confirmation of specifications, engine options and a name for the UK model will be announce closer to its launch in 2015.