The Honda’s subcompact SUV which is known under the name HR-V in the United States while in Asia it is known as Vezel model is once again ready to hit the market with a few changes. Besides the standard model, it will also be offered with a hybrid engine and this time we will talk about the all-new 2018 Honda Vezel Hybrid.
The production of the Honda Vezel Hybrid has been stopped back in 2014, but if the latest rumors are to be believed, the car maker will once again launch the hybrid version. Generally, the Vezel is an attractive mid-size SUV which offers handsome exterior, well-equipped and cozy cabin and many modern features. However, for the 2018 model year, the newest Honda should arrive with some minor refreshments on the exterior and some upgrades inside the cabin which will now be more refined. In the engine department, there probably won’t be any changes.
2018 Honda Vezel Hybrid engine and performance
Under the hood of the 2018 Honda Vezel Hybrid, there will naturally be a hybrid drivetrain. It will most likely be a combination of a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine with the output of 130 hp and 115 lb-ft and an electric motor of 22 kWh. All together, they will be able to make up to 150 horses and 140 pound-feet of torque. The engine will pair with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Furthermore, it will be available with two-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
Besides the hybrid powertrain, the standard Vezel will be available with two traditional engines. The one is the same 1.5-liter inline-4 but there will also be a stronger 1.8-liter inline-4 engine. This one will be capable of delivering 141 hp and 127 pound-feet of torque. These units will pair with a 6-wheel manual while it will also be available with a continuously variable transmission.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior design, the 2018 Honda Vezel Hybrid will generally feature the same design as the standard model. And for the 2018 model year, we don’t expect almost any major changes. Perhaps it could get some new exterior colors this time, but nothing is yet sure. The Vezel will ride on the standard 17-inch wheel while the larger 18-inch ones will be optional.
As for the interior, the upcoming 2018 Honda Vezel Hybrid should receive more quality materials and a quieter cabin. Considering its size, the new Honda will offer sufficiently spacious and comfortable cabin. The front seats are very cozy and provide decent head and leg room. The second row can accommodate up to three passengers but the two occupants would be a better choice because of the comfort. The seats will most likely be covered in quality Nappa leather. A standard 5.0-inch touchscreen will be placed in the center of the dashboard.
As for the equipment, it will come standard with cruise control, a rearview camera, audio system, Bluetooth, USB etc. Some of the available features will include navigation, a sunroof, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, heated front seats and so on.
Release date and price
It is still not officially confirmed when the 2018 Honda Vezel Hybrid will go on sale. Its price is expected to start at around $27,500.