Honda Vezel is What the CR-V Once Was

This Juke fighter will be landing in the US next year.

When the first generation Honda CR-V went on sale in 1996, it gathered its fair share of loyal buyers. Over the years, however, it’s grown dramatically in size. At a time when smaller, urban SUVs are in increased demand thanks to the Nissan Juke, Honda realized it needed to do something fast. Its answer is the Vezel, which just debuted in production form at the Tokyo Motor Show. And yes, it’ll go on sale in both the US and Europe sometime next year, although with a different and still undisclosed name.

In Japan, two versions will be available: a hybrid that combines a 1.5-liter direct injection engine with an electric motor, and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Power figures for both haven’t been announced, but Honda says both engines will give the Vezel "a dynamic driving character and excellent fuel economy." Overall we like its coupe-like styling, well defined lines, and those hidden rear door handles. More details about the US and Euro version will be revealed in the coming months.

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