Honda WR-V launched: Brezza & Ecosport rival finally here

Honda’s finally gotten into the compact SUV game in India. The Japanese automaker just launched the WR-V, a sub-4-meter offering that combines the convenience of a hatchback with the sturdiness of a crossover. It’s the cheapest Honda to carry the R-V badge in India, and the base-petrol model is priced at Rs. 7.75 lakh.

What is it?

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The WR-V is a sub-4 metre crossover that is based on the Honda Jazz hatchback. Even though the car shares platform with the Jazz, it looks quite different from it. From the front, the WR-V looks quite butch, with high bonnet and a single chrome-slat grille. The bonnet also gets stronger creases. The front bumper gets a faux silver skid plate. The top-end variant gets LED DRLs.

From the flanks, the WR-V reminds you of the Jazz, but the body cladding gives it a much more rugged look. Honda has designed a new tailgate for the vehicle. The WR-V is 57 mm longer than the Jazz while the ground clearance is now 188 mm, a full 23mm greater than that on the Jazz. The higher ground clearance is courtesy the 16 inch wheels it rides on.

Meanwhile, the WR-V will also come with exterior and interior custom package similar to the Vitara Brezza. The dealer-level customisation option will be available for both the variants.

Honda WR-V Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Petrol: S – Rs. 7.75 lakh, VX – Rs. 8.99 lakh

Diesel: S – Rs. 8.79 lakh , VX – Rs 9.99 lakh

Maruti Vitara Brezza Price:

Diesel: LDI – Rs. 7.3 lakh, VDI – Rs. 7.82 lakh, ZDI – Rs. 8.75 lakh

Ford EcoSport price:

Petrol: Ambiente – Rs. 7.11 lakh, Trend Rs. 7.86 lakh, Titanium – Rs. 8.82 lakh

Diesel: Ambiente – Rs. 7.76 lakh, Trend – Rs. 8.46 lakh, Titanium – Rs. 9.42 lakh

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On the inside, the WR-V looks very similar to the Jazz. The car shares its dashboard, instrument cluster, central console and the steering wheel with the Jazz. The car gets automatic climate control, touch-sensitive infotainment system with navigation. It also offers keyless entry with start/stop button. The navigation is highly advanced with lane-assist and live traffic. The infotainment system gets MirrorLink, 1.5 GB internal memory and internet support. The infotainment unit comes with steering mounted controls. The WR-V also features cruise control system.

The WR-V gets new seat covers and chrome accents to differentiate it from the Jazz. It also offers a sunroof on the top-end variant. The vehicle does not offer magic seats like the Jazz though. However, the rear seats of the car are recline-able. The interiors come in 2 colour themes: Urban Casual for the lower variant and Urban Sophisticated for the higher end variant. Boot capacity stands at 363 litres, which quite big in the segment. All the variants come with tilt and shift steering wheel as standard.

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Engine

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The WR-V is powered by the same engine options as the Jazz. There is one 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine mated to a newly designed 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel engine is the 1.5-litre Earth Dreams 1-DTEC engine that gets the 6-speed manual transmission. Honda claims that the engines have been tweaked to handle the added weight but the power figures remain same as the Jazz.

The petrol engine produces a maximum of 89 BHP and the diesel engine produces a maximum of 100 BHP. The WR-V comes with ARAI certified mileage of 17.5 km/l for the petrol and 25.5 km/l for the diesel engine. There is no automatic option on offer with any of the engines. The wheelbase of the WR-V has been improved while the suspension system has been improved to provide better handling. The turning radius stands at 5.3 metres.

Safety

The WR-V gets dual SRS airbags, ABS and intelligent pedals as standard. The car has been tested for offset crash test as per Honda’s internal testing. The car also comes with top-down reverse parking camera for superior parking capability. The car will come with 3-year unlimited warranty that can be extended up to 5 years.