The Honda WR-V is one of the better selling cars in the Japanese automaker’s Indian line-up. The Jazz-based compact crossover has just received a new mid-level trim. Known as V, the new variant will sit between the S and VX trims. The V trim of the Honda WR-V is available only with a diesel engine while the other variants get both petrol and diesel engines. The new variant is priced at Rs. 9.95 lakhs, making it the second most expensive trim in the WR-V line up. The V trim for the diesel WR-V is meant to give buyers most of the features that were only available with the VX trim, at a lower price point.
Coming to the features that the Honda WR-V Diesel’s V variant offers, buyers will get ABS+EBD, twin airbags, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts, seat belt reminders, reverse parking camera, fog lamps, alloy wheels, chromed door handles, black and silver interior trims, touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control, automatic climate control, push button start, keyless entry. front centre armrest, tilt and telescopic steering and an electric sunroof.
The S and VX trims of the WR-V get new features. The S trim gains new alloy wheel with a gun metal grey finish, automatic climate control, speed sensing door locks, fog lamps, flip key and one touch operation for driver’s power window. The VX trim gains a leather wrapped steering wheel, speed sensing door lock, driver and passenger side vanity mirrors, and the other regulation safety upgrades mandated by the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) norms.
Rajesh Goel, Sr. Vice President and Director, Sales & Marketing, Honda Cars India Ltd. said,
Honda WRV, the premium Sporty Lifestyle Vehicle introduced in 2017, features the brand’s global DNA and has been well accepted by customers. We are extremely delighted to introduce the new V grade and enriched versions of S & VX grade for WRV. We are confident that the freshness added to WRV line-up will be appreciated by our customers.
The WR-V 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 dieel gets a 6 speed manual. Although both engines are offered with CVT automatic gearboxes on the Honda Amaze, the automaker is yet to introduce an automatic gearbox on the WR-V. The compact crossover rivals the likes of the Hyundai Active i20 and the Ford Freestyle, and is significantly pricier than both its rivals. Also, it has a much roomier interior, and looks more butch. The butch looks of the WR-V and its pricing, has meant that the compact crossover is now rivaling the likes of the Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. In this segment though, the WR-V is a back marker as all other SUVs offer automatic gearbox options and better street presence.