Honda VezelHonda has launched its new Vezel mini crossover in Japan – and has confirmed European sales will begin in 2015.

The new Vezel is described as a cross between an SUV, an MPV and a coupe: more accurately, it’s Honda’s alternative to the smash-hit Nissan Juke.

The firm thus has high hopes for the new car.

While European specifications are still to be confirmed, the Japanese market cars will come in front-wheel drive and Real Time All-Wheel-Drive four-wheel drive, and there’ll be a 1.5-litre direct-injection electric hybrid version called Sport Hybrid i-DCD.

Like the Honda Jazz, the Vezel has a centre-mounted fuel tank, magic seats in the back and a 453-litre boot. How big’s that? Enough to pack in three golf bags even with the seats up…

Honda adds that all Japanese Vezel will boast ‘high performance’ soundproofing and dampers, “typically used for high-end saloon models”, which it says will deliver “outstanding quietness and driving stability”.

We should, however, expect a change of name by the time it arrives here…

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