Honda’s Vezel small SUV gets Mugen treatment

Honda has launched the Vezel, which is based on the new 2014 Jazz platform, in the Japanese market this week. The Vezel is a compact crossover which refers to its SUV like stance, functionality of an MUV, Coupé like looks and high fuel efficiency.

Honda Vezel Mugen front three quarters

Honda Vezel Mugen front three quarters

Although the plan for a crossover was in the Honda pipeline for long, it was the success of the Nissan Juke that accelerated the process. The Vezel was first previewed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show where Honda said the name is derived from the words vehicle and bezel. The word Bezel represents clean cut faces on a Gem. As a Gem changes its look when looked at from different angles, Honda designers want it to represent their passion to create a vehicle with all-round value and charm. North America will see the Vezel but with a different name.

Honda Vezel Mugen treated front

Honda Vezel Mugen treated front

Honda hopes to cash-in on the Hot B-Segment SUV category with the Vezel. It is scheduled to be launched in India in 2014 and compete with the Duster and the Ecosport.

Honda Vezel Mugen spoiler

Honda Vezel Mugen spoiler

Honda claims that the waiting period for the Vezel is as much as 3 months already but this hasn’t stopped Honda`s tuning Division, Mugen, to have a go at it.

Honda Vezel Mugen IRVM

Honda Vezel Mugen IRVM

Custom Tuning is a huge thing in Japan and many automakers want to be part of this market. Mugen loosely translates to ‘Unlimited’, referring to the options available for vehicle modifications. The company provides engine tuning and aftermarket parts for Honda vehicles.

Honda Vezel Mugen titanium exhaust

Honda Vezel Mugen titanium exhaust

Mugen has developed a titanium exhaust system for the 1.5 petrol engine and a range of wheels in 17- and 18- inch sizes.

Honda Vezel Mugen performance parts

Honda Vezel Mugen performance parts

On the mechanical side a sports suspension was developed for both the FF and the 4WD. Better brake pads will help stop the extra power from getting out of hand.

Honda Vezel Mugen performance brake pads

Honda Vezel Mugen performance brake pads

Modifications for the looks part include side skirts, sportier front and rear bumpers, spoiler, air intakes and colour accents on the front grille and bumper. The accessories list includes high performance brake fluid and high pressure radiator cap.

The wing mirrors and the gear knob will get a Carbon cover for a more sporty appeal. A special modification is boot mats which will flow continuously when the rear seats are folded flat.

Honda Vezel Mugen boot space

Honda Vezel Mugen boot space

The Vezel and the Mugen are now available for pre-order in Japan but deliveries for the Mugen will start only in 2014.

Honda Vezel Mugen rear

Honda Vezel Mugen rear

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