India bound Honda WR-V unveiled

Honda’s India-bound compact SUV has finally been unveiled. Based on the Jazz, the WR-V was revealed at the ongoing Sao Paulo Motor show. The WR-V is a crossover with SUV styling elements.

What is it?

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While the WR-V sits on Jazz platform, it looks much more muscular than the premium hatchback. From the front, the Honda WR-V gets an aggressive design with angular and tall bumpers. The headlights are also updated and look much more aggressive with black inserts. The grille is the typical Honda new design thick chrome grille, similar to the newer cars like the BR-V.

The flanks get fenders and a body cladding all around the car with flared wheel arches similar to the ones seen on the SUVs. The doors of the WR-V are same as the Jazz but at the rear, the crossover gets a different tail-gate and the license plate has moved below to the bumper. The rear bumper is also very angular and gets the body cladding similar to that on the front.

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The interiors of the crossover are also similar to its hatchback sibling, and so are the seats. These moves may keep the cost down when WR-V is launched.

Engines

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The Honda WR-V shares its engines and transmissions with the Jazz. There will be a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine that will churn out a maximum of 88 BHP-110 Nm. The diesel Earth Dreams engine will be 1.5-litre i-DTEC, 4-cylinder engine that generates a peak power of 98 BHP-200 Nm. Customers will get a choice of CVT gearbox with the petrol engine along with a 5-speed manual. The diesel engine will only come with 6-speed manual transmission.

When’s it coming?

March 2017, according to NDTV!

Competition

Honda will enter the booming segment of the compact SUVs with the WR-V. When launched, the car will face stiff competition from the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV 300.