Honda planning 1.5 liter petrol and CVT in WR-V

Honda India just introduced their new cross over, the WR-V earlier in the month. When it was introduced, it came with only a manual transmission option. Now though it seems the company is planning to bring in a CVT variant of the same and is also looking at bringing in the 1.5 liter petrol engine from the Honda City.

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The current WR-V is powered by a 1.2 liter engine that powers the Jazz, Brio and Amaze. It produces 89 Bhp and 110 Nm. The City on the other hand is powered by a 1.5 liter engine which produces 118 Bhp and 145 Nm. In the City, you get the option of a manual transmission as well as a CVT. It is not clear whether the 1.5 liter WR-V will be available in both manual and automatic version yet.

Honda currently offers an automatic option on all its vehicles, except this one and the Mobilio. Over the past year, the trend has shifted towards automatic vehicles and every company has adapted to that and brought in a few automatic variants into their portfolio.

Currently, the WR-V competes with the Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Avventura, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra TUV300, Mahindra Nuvosport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Among these competitors, it is only the Ecosport and the Mahindras that have an option of an  automatic transmission. The Brezza is only on offer in manual and can only be had in diesel. The Active and Avventura can be had in both petrol and diesel avatars, however there is no automatic option. If Honda does introduce a CVT, it will have an advantage over most of its rivals.

The WR-V is available in a total of 4 variants, two in petrol and two in diesel. The petrol range goes from Rs 7.75 lakhs to Rs 8.99 lakhs where as the diesel range starts at Rs 8.79 lakhs and goes up till Rs 9.99 lakhs. While both the petrol and diesel are available in the same trim levels, the top of the line petrol misses out on a few features that the diesel one gets, like cruise control.

Source: Autocar Magazine