Known as the HR-V in these parts, Honda’s littlest crossover is sold as the Vezel back in its home market – where it has just launched a new special edition.
Based on the Hybrid X model equipped with Honda’s Sensing suite of driver assistance systems, the new Brilliant Style edition gets some unique color options and trim upgrades to stand out from the crowd.
For starters, LED fog lights and sporty 17-inch alloys come standard – as do roof rails, chrome-trimmed side sills, and an array of other equipment enhancements bundled as standard. Buyers will also be able to choose between three additional color options – pearl yellow, metallic amethyst red, and metallic midnight blue – along with the usual white or black pearl finishes.
That may not seem like a lot, but then the Vezel is already Japan‘s top-selling crossover in Japan, and has been for the past three years – which tells you two things: 1) Honda doesn’t have to put in much extra effort to sell these, and 2) any difference in appearance will make it stand out from all the others on the road.
Pricing starts at 2,565,000 yen (~$22,500) for the front-drive model, or 2,781,000 (~$24,400) with all-wheel drive. Either way, power comes from a 1.5-liter four paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with integrated electric assist.