Honda Vezel

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Honda Vezel
Honda VEZEL HYBRID X L Package (RU3) front.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Honda HR-V
Production 2013-present
Assembly Celaya, Mexico
Yorii, Saitama, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV
Body style 5 door CUV
Related Honda Fit
Powertrain
Engine L15B 1496cc I4 16V
DOHC
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Length 4,295 mm (169.1 in)
Width 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1,605 mm (63.2 in)
Curb weight 1,180–1,270 kg (2,601–2,800 lb)

The Honda Vezel is a subcompact crossover manufactured by Honda. The vehicle was first introduced to the Japanese market in late 2013, and made its North American debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2014.[1] Honda has announced that the vehicle will go on sale in the United States in late 2014, and will be branded under the revived name Honda HR-V. The HR-V nameplate is expected to carry over to other markets including Australia and Canada.[2][3]

Origin and debut[edit]

Honda "Urban SUV Concept" (2013)[edit]

The Urban SUV Concept is based on Honda's Global Compact Series, which includes the Honda Fit subcompact and the Honda City subcompact sedan. This vehicle was unveiled in 2013 North American International Auto Show as the reintroduced Honda HR-V.[4][5]

Honda Vezel (2013-)[edit]

The design of Honda Vezel is based on Honda "Urban SUV Concept". “Vezel” is coined from “bezel”, the oblique faces of a cut gem, with the “V” for “vehicle.”[6]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[7] Japan models went on sale on 20 December 2013. The Vezel is available with two powertrains, as a conventional gasoline-powered and as hybrid electric vehicle.[6] In Japan, it is regarded as a luxury vehicle as the width dimension exceeds Japanese Government dimension regulations, and Japanese buyers are liable for yearly taxes as a result.

The conventional Vezel is equipped with a 1.5-liter direct-injection DOHC i-VTEC inline-four engine coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and it is available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions.

The Vezel hybrid version is equipped with Honda’s next-generation sport hybrid i-DCD system that combines a 97 kW (130 hp), 156 N·m (115 lb·ft) 1.5-liter direct injection engine with a 22 kW (30 hp), 160 N·m (118 lb·ft) motor, Honda’s Real Time AWD, Reactive Force Pedal. The hybrid version fuel economy is 27.0 km/l (76.3 mpg-imp; 63.5 mpg-US) (3.7 L/100km) in the Japanese JC08 cycle, while the gasoline version has a fuel economy of 20.6 km/l (58.2 mpg-imp; 48.5 mpg-US) (4.9 L/100 km) in the JC08 cycle.[6]

European launch is expected in 2015.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 concepts (2014-)[edit]

The Vezel Modulo Concept includes red leather upholstery at seats, centre console, dashboard.[8] There was also a Mugen Vezel Concept, fitted with various Mugen accessories.[9][10]

The vehicles were unveiled in Tokyo Auto Salon 2014.[11][12][13]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
DBA-RU1 (G, X, S; FF) 2013- 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I4 (Honda L15B) 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp)@6600, 15.8 kg·m (155 N·m; 114 lbf·ft)@4600
DBA-RU2 (G; AWD) 2013- 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I4 (Honda L15B) 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp)@6600, 15.8 kg·m (155 N·m; 114 lbf·ft)@4600
DAA-RU3 (HYBRID, HYBRID X, HYBRID Z; FF) 2013- 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I4 (Honda LEB) 132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp)@6600, 15.9 kg·m (156 N·m; 115 lbf·ft)@4600
electric motor (Honda H1) 29.5 PS (22 kW; 29 hp)@1313-2000, 16.3 kg·m (160 N·m; 118 lbf·ft)@0-1313
combined ?
DAA-RU4 (HYBRID, HYBRID X, HYBRID X L-package; 4WD) 2013- 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I4 (Honda LEB) 132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp)@6600, 15.9 kg·m (156 N·m; 115 lbf·ft)@4600
electric motor (Honda H1) 29.5 PS (22 kW; 29 hp)@1313-2000, 16.3 kg·m (160 N·m; 118 lbf·ft)@0-1313
combined ?

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
DBA-RU1 (G, X, S; FF) 2013- CVT
DBA-RU2 (G; AWD) 2013- CVT
DAA-RU3 (HYBRID, HYBRID X, HYBRID Z; FF) 2013- 7-speed automatic (Dual clutch Transmission)
DAA-RU4 (HYBRID, HYBRID X, HYBRID X L-package; 4WD) 2013- 7-speed automatic (Dual clutch Transmission)

Production[edit]

Vezel Hybrid produced in Japan from July 2013 through February 2014 were recalled due to a problem with the software program controlling the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) which could cause a delay in the ability to begin driving or the inability to move at all.

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