Honda Vezel (Japanese market model) at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
Honda unveiled the Vezel crossover at the show, going on sale in its home market as soon as December 20.
It'll be a little while longer before the Vezel appears in the U.S, and it's unlikely to carry the Japanese-market name either--but the sub-CR-V crossover is sure to appeal to a wide range of people.
If you overlook the marketing-speak--Honda says it "fuses together multifaceted values," with SUV, minivan and coupe attributes--the Vezel should actually offer a wide range of attributes.
Interior layout takes inspiration from the ever-practical Fit, with a spacious cabin and high standards of comfort. The raised ground clearance should prove useful in inclement weather, though Honda hasn't yet revealed whether an all-wheel drive version will be available--the Vezel is front-wheel drive, for the time being.
And it does look suitably sporty--the front is every inch the modern Honda, while the rear lights have a touch of Acura to them.
Under the hood, the Vezel gets a 1.5-liter direct-injection four-cylinder lifted from the Japanese-market 2015 Honda Fit. More interesting is the hybrid model, using the same i-DCD one-motor system from the latest Fit Hybrid.
Unfortunately--and perhaps predictably--this model won't reach the U.S. It isn't yet clear what engines Honda will offer when the car hits North America.
More information will land when the car is released in Japan. In the meantime, check out our live gallery from Tokyo--and catch up with more launches from the show by visiting our Tokyo Motor Show page.