The Honda Vezel (Japanese: ホンダ・ヴェゼル) is a subcompact crossover SUV 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 International Auto Show in April 2014 with the revived name Honda HR-V.[1] The HR-V nameplate has been carried over to other markets, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia and Canada.[2][3] In Singapore the official Honda distributor sells the HR-V, while the parallel imported version retains the name Vezel.[4]

Honda Vezel
2015 Honda Vezel (MY15) 1.5X wagon (2016-01-06).jpg
Also calledHonda HR-V
Honda XR-V / Everus VE-1 (China)
AssemblyYorii, Saitama, Japan
Guangzhou, China (Guangqi Honda)
DesignerManabu Konaka (2012)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFF layout
AWD layout
RelatedHonda Fit
Honda WR-V
Honda XR-V
Engine1.5L L15B I4
1.5L LEB Hybrid I4
1.8L R18A1 I4
Transmission7-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Length4,295 mm (169.1 in)
4,335 mm (170.7 in) (facelift)
4,308 mm (169.6 in) (Everus VE-1)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in)
1,824 mm (71.8 in) (Everus VE-1)
Height1,605 mm (63.2 in)
1,610 mm (63.4 in) (Everus VE-1)
Curb weight1,180–1,270 kg (2,601–2,800 lb)
PredecessorHonda HR-V (first generation)
Honda Crossroad (Japan)

Origin and debutEdit

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 at the 2013 North American International Auto Show as the reintroduced Honda HR-V.[5][6]

Honda Vezel (2013-present)Edit

Honda Vezel (Singapore)

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.”[7]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[8] 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.[7] 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 Japanese road tax obligation is held to a more affordable tax bracket due to the engine displacement being held under the 2.0 L threshold.

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) electric 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/100 km) 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.[7]

Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 conceptsEdit

The Vezel Modulo Concept includes red leather upholstery at seats, centre console, dashboard.[9] There was also a Mugen Vezel Concept, fitted with various Mugen accessories.[10][11]

The vehicles were unveiled at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon.[12][13][14]

Everus VE-1 in ChinaEdit

An electric vehicle version of the Honda Vezel was called the Everus VE-1 in China, based on the Everus EV concept. Production model debuted in November 2019.[15] In comparison to dimensions, the Everus VE-1 is 13 mm longer, 54 mm wider and 5 mm higher.

Facelift (2018)Edit

The facelifted model was unveiled on 25 January 2018 in Japan and released later on 15 February 2018. It features a revised chrome bar grille and LED headlamps both being similar to Honda Civic, thin chrome garnish strip on the rear trunk and updated front bumper.[16]


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 (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 (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 (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 (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 ?


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)


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.[17]

Honda recalled 160,000 Fit subcompact and Vezel sport-utility vehicles, manufactured from August 2013 through February 2016, in Japan, because of defective power steering and a part that controls the electric current in the vehicles. The recall does not affect any Honda models sold abroad.[18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Adams, Davis (17 April 2014). "HONDA'S 2015 HR-V SUBCOMPACT CROSSOVER MAKES PHOTOGRAPHIC DEBUT IN NEW YORK". Digital Trends. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  2. ^ Stevens, Mike. "Honda HR-V Confirmed For Australia: Official". The Motor Report. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Honda Vezel VS Nissan Qashqai: Is it Worth The Extra $5,000?". Carsome Singapore. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ Honda Urban SUV concept previews Fit-based crossover
  6. ^ Honda Urban SUV Concept
  7. ^ a b c Honda News (2013-12-20). "Honda begins sales of new VEZEL and VEZEL hybrid in Japan". Green Car Congress. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
  8. ^ Anita Lienert (Nov 20, 2013). "Honda Vezel Previews Small SUV for U.S."
  9. ^ Tokyo Auto Salon 2014: Honda Vezel Modulo Concept
  10. ^ "無限 | VEZEL | ヴェゼル". Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  11. ^ MUGEN | VEZEL
  12. ^ 「東京オートサロン2014 with NAPAC」出展概要
  13. ^ Overview of Honda Exhibition at TOKYO AUTO SALON 2014 with NAPAC
  14. ^ MUGEN POWER 2014 TOKYO AUTO SALON 2014 with NAPAC Overview of Exhibition
  15. ^ "2018广州车展:理念VE-1补贴后售17.08万".
  16. ^ "Honda Vezel Relaunches With A Mild Facelift". Carscoops.
  17. ^ Recall of Fit Hybrid/Vezel Hybrid
  18. ^ フィット 13G(ガソリン仕様車)、VEZEL(ガソリン仕様車)のリコール

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