Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Tokyo Motor Show - Al ain Japan
A brochure scan has revealed Mugen plans to apply its know-how on the recently introduced Honda Vezel which is essentially a production version of the Urban SUV concept.
It was only last month at Tokyo Motor Show when Honda introduced the Vezel and now it seems Mugen has prepared to spice up the model. The standard version will go on sale on December 20 while the Mugen package will probably be available shortly after when it will bring a lowered ride height.
Designed to preview a production model that will be launched in Japan in late 2013, the Urban is a fuel-efficient crossover with an aspirational design. Speaking of the latter, the concept has a rounded appearance which is only interrupted by a questionable front fascia. While the model will surely be toned down for production, the concept has LED headlights, massive alloy wheels and a trunk-mounted spoiler.
Interior pictures were not released, but Honda says the crossover will have a modern cabin with next-generation telematics and a rear seat that can be folded flat to maximize cargo space.
We also notice the grey accents on the chin spoiler, front radiator slat, roof spoiler, alloys, rear apron, exhaust pipes and side skirts. The model featured in the brochure is the 4WD version equipped with a direct-injection 1.5-liter gasoline engine which can also be had in a hybrid setup with a high-output motor and a SPORT HYBRID i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive).
According to Japanese media there is a three-month waiting list for the Vezel, a model which is being described by Honda as offering the elegance of a coupe, the functionality of a minivan and the qualities of an SUV.
Source: Al Ain Japan