The crossovers are taking over the world and the latest one being readied is the Honda WR-V. It is a sub-four metre car based on the Honda Jazz. The production ready prototype of the WR-V has been unveiled at the Sao Paolo Motor Show in Brazil and is expected to go on sale there by mid-2017. Honda has built the WR-V especially for the developing markets and its India journey should start soon after its Brazilian debut.
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The crossovers are taking over the world and the latest one being readied is the Honda WR-V. It is a sub-four metre car based on the Honda Jazz. The production ready prototype of the WR-V had been unveiled at the Sao Paolo Motor Show in Brazil and has been launched in India. Honda has built the WR-V especially for the developing markets.
In spite of being based on the Jazz, the WR-V looks seem to be inspired more by the Honda BR-V. It gets a similar decked up bonnet with rectangular swept back headlamps flanking the moustache-like thick chrome slat. The bumper gets a lot of contours, cuts and creases along with a bash-plate to complete a busy SUV look. The profile, especially after the A-pillar, reveals the Jazz roots up to the tail. It gets a thin peripheral cladding and roof rails to complete the SUV look.
Inside, the WR-V is unmistakably like the Jazz with a very similar layout of the dashboard, dials, centre console and the steering wheel. While the equipment is also the same as the Jazz, the WR-V gets an added electrically operated sunroof for the top-spec car bringing it closer to the Honda City on the features list.
Under the hood, you will have the same engine options as the Jazz – the 1.2-litre i-Vtec petrol engine and the 1.5-litre i-Dtec diesel engine. The 91bhp petrol is being offered with a five-speed manual gearbox while the 100bhp diesel will be available with the six-speed manual. The petrol version might get the CVT gearbox depending on the popularity of the car and demand.
The WR-V looks like it will be competing with Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport rather than the Hyundai i20 Active or the Toyota Etios Cross or the Fiat Avventura. You can expect it to be priced slightly above the Honda Jazz just like the Brezza has been positioned over the Baleno in Maruti scheme of things.