The 2021 Honda Vezel has been revealed! Looking back at the massive success of the previous Honda Vezel (used mostly by private hire drivers in Singapore), we expect the new Vezel to also be a hit amongst car buyers.
The question is – can the new Honda Vezel still prove itself? After all, the SUV space is getting crowded as car makers tap on to this highly lucrative gap. Not to mention the stronger competition from the likes of the Mazda CX-30, Toyota CHR, Nissan Qashqai.
Let’s take a look at the new Vezel :
The exterior styling is very different from the more rounded, organic look of the outgoing model.
The new car is cleaner and more angular, with the characteristic upwards side slash of the current car replaced by a straight line connecting the head- and taillights. The front end also loses the “Solid Wing Face” grille bar.
From the front, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the new 2021 Honda Vezel as a Mazda CX-5, because in pictures the new Vezel does look big and that huge grill reminds us of the Jinba Ittai styling of the Mazdas.
The overall design of the new Vezel also seems more ‘SUV-coupe’ like, with the car seemingly raised, bigger wheels and slimmer windows.
Inside, the design theme continues with a slim, minimalist dashboard and a full-width air vent design.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there seem to be hints of Mazda’s impeccable design styling in this new Vezel.
The latest Honda Vezel will likely get the Honda Connect infotainment system found in the new Honda Jazz and Honda City, which come with nine- and eight-inch touchscreens respectively. However, the Vezel will continue to feature analogue instruments. WHAT?!
Several new connectivity features have also been added as part of the Honda Total Care Premium package in Japan, such as a Honda-first in-car WiFi hotspot, an app centre, automatic map updates and a smartphone digital key function.
Other new items include a larger (non-opening) panoramic roof with solar-attenuating glass, a nine-speaker sound system, rear air-conditioning vents and a hands-free powered tailgate.
In Japan, the Vezel will continue to be offered with the Honda Sensing suite of safety features which includes :
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Driver-assistive features:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Japanese-market models will be available with the same 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine and CVT as before, although output figures have yet to be released. Currently, the mill produces 129 HP at 6,600 rpm and 153 Nm at 4,600 rpm in direct-injected form.