The soon-to-be-launched Honda WR-V is a work of R&D centre of Honda India situated in Noida, UP. Though the car was first showcased in Brazil and would probably be launched later there as well, India is set to be among the first global markets to receive it before all of them. The crossover has been fully developed in India with Japanese assistance and is aimed at an audience vastly different from Jazz (the car on which WR-V is based) Here are five facts worth knowing!
1. Not a secret – It’s based on Jazz
Honda has done a great job of modifying the overall silhouette of the car and thankfully the car now looks nothing like the Jazz. ‘Thankfully’, because Jazz is a hatch while WR-V wants to cater to a different segment which may not appreciate a car with similar proportions and styling. Marked changes are result of a carefully thought-out face that looks muscular. The car sits visibly higher off the ground giving it an SUV stance. Cladding all-round and faux skid plate enhances overall appeal and makes it look premium and muscular at the same time.
2. Interiors & Equipment
You get extremely practical interiors of the Jazz that offer lots of storage places and room for occupants. Steering mounted controls that let you adjust audio and telephony functions are expected to be a part of the equipment list along with sunroof that would make the car among the first in its segment to offer this feature. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with Wi Fi receiver would support email, web browsing and Navigation.
3. Engine Choices
With the same engine choices as before, there’s nothing to complain. You get a refined and capable 1.2 litre i-VTEC motor that puts out a healthy 90PS@6000rpm of power and 110Nm@4800rpm of torque. While the diesel is likely to remain noisy as before, with respectable power and torque figures of 100PS@3600rpm and 200Nm@1750rpm respectively. A CVT is likely to be on offer as well at some later point. To start with, there would be only manual transmissions on offer.
The Jazz is among the most spacious among hatchbacks. So, that attribute would remain. However, now with better ground clearance and bigger proportions, the WR-V would compete with the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai i20 Active in the compact crossover / SUV segment.
5. Price & Variants
Though WR-V is expected to be launched in few weeks’ time, some details are already out. The car would be offered in two trims - S and VX and safety features like dual airbags and ABS would be offered as standard. Features like LED DRLs, 16 inch wheels, cruise control etc. are likely to be offered with top variant only. Competition with other cars is likely to force Honda to price it competitively and we expect it to be in the bracket of Rs 6.5-10.5 lakh.