Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - Honda Vezel now officially on sale in Japan

About a month after its public debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda Vezel is now officially on sale in its home market of Japan as originally announced at the biennial event.

According to Honda, the Vezel belongs to a new category of vehicles "that fuse together multifaceted values--including the dynamic qualities of an SUV, the elegance of a coupe, the functionality of a minivan and excellent fuel economy--at a high level."

We figure this is why the Vezel has the stance of an SUV yet is styled--at least as Honda claims--like a coupe. Even its interior is a mishmash of design, with the front seats supposedly featuring coupe-like personal space, while the rear seats are like those of a minivan with ample elbow room. The Vezel's cargo-carrying capacity can even be called voluminous thanks to Honda's original center-tank layout.

As Honda shared at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Vezel is available with a 1.5-liter direct-injection engine paired with either a continuously-variable transmission or--in the case of the Vezel Hybrid--a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a high-output electric motor that gives the vehicle 150hp.

Honda added that the Vezel Hybrid is the first of its hybrid models to be equipped with its original Real Time All-Wheel Drive system, "which controls torque distribution to the front and rear wheels precisely through electronic control."

What do you think of the Vezel? Would you consider getting one if it were made available as a left-hand-drive model?


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