Honda launched the WR-V compact crossover in India back in 2017. It came as a fresh breath in the sub-4 meter SUV/crossover segment and soon after being launched, the BR-V became pretty popular in the market. During the initial phase, the BR-V even left behind old-time favourites like the City sedan in terms of sales, a feat achieved by only a few Honda vehicles till date. However, with the launch of various new rivals in the sub-4 meter SUV segment, the Honda BR-V was suddenly outpaced in its own game. For the same, Honda might bring a facelifted model of the Honda BR-V on our shores in the coming time. While there are no clear images of the car yet, the render below by Kleber Silva gives a good idea of how it might turn out to be.
The front end of the car now sports a huge chrome grille with the signature Honda chrome slab in the middle. The grille is flanked by rectangular headlights that seem to be projector units. Moving down, we have black plastic cladding on the lower bumper to lend an aggressive look to the car. The same is the case with the rest of the car as black cladding is present on the lower body panels all around. The front end also features LED DRLs on the lower end along with fog lights below them. The car rides on stylish alloy wheels that add up to the overall look of the car.
Towards the rear, things have been placed in a way so as to make it look bigger than it is. The layout is more mature compared to the outgoing model. The pills and roof have been blacked out to create a floating effect. A chrome slab runs between the rectangular taillights while the tailpipes have been incorporated in the rear bumper itself.
Overall, the car looks decent enough and if priced right, Honda could again ride on the success of this model. India was the first market globally to get WR-V back in 2017 and so the new one could be expected here by around 2020. Talking about the current generation model, it is offered with 2 engine options: a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol with 88 Bhp of peak power and 110 Nm of peak torque, and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel with 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm. While the petrol engine gets a 5-speed manual gearbox, the diesel gets a 6-speed manual. The facelifted WR-V could also bring in an automatic option to the car, something that was sorely missed on the current generation model. When launched, it will rival the likes of the Hyundai Active i20 and the Ford Freestyle among others.
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