Honda has announced the Vezel compact crossover will enter the U.S. market in 2014, followed by a European launch in 2015.

The Honda Vezel represents a production version of the Urban SUV concept and was showcased to the public for the first time in November at Tokyo Motor Show. The JDM variant is already on sale and now we have learned from Honda the U.S.-spec model is scheduled to come out in the second half of 2014.

The Jazz/Fit-based crossover will also reach the European market in 2015 when it will have to face competition coming from the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. Details about what will power the U.S.- and Euro-spec versions of the Vezel have not been announced, but Honda did say the hybrid version – which has a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, 22 kW electric motor and 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox - will not leave Japanese territory.

Honda Vezel's chief engineer, Yoshiharu Itai, said the car will likely retain its moniker since it's a global strategic vehicle but according to Honda officials it will receive several tweaks (most likely cosmetic) to better suit local markets.

Gallery: Honda Vezel hitting stateside next year, Europe in 2015

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