Honda, the Japanese automaker, has released the first sketch of the upcoming WR-V crossover. It is being learnt that Honda WR-V would launch in March 2017 in the Indian market. Being based on the Jazz hatch, it would have its global debut at the 2016 São Paulo International Motor Show which starts from November 10 in Brazil. The WR-V cross would be challenging the likes of Hyundai i20 Active, Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross and Fiat Urban Cross in India.
Since the WR-V is based on the same platform as the Jazz, it is expected to have identical dimensions. However, the company might retune the suspension system and increase the ground clearance in order to accentuate the sportiness. As evident in the official sketch, Honda WR-V would flaunt a newly-designed front fascia, including headlights, grille, bumper and skid plate. The side profile would be carried forward from the Jazz, with similar doors and windows. At the rear-end, there would be a restyled tail-lamp cluster and skid plate. For those asking, the research and development (R&D) work of Honda WR-V is carried out in Brazil. The interior cabin and features would be borrowed from the Jazz hatchback.
Honda WR-V has been internally codenamed as 2FM, and the India-spec model is believed to be launching both in petrol and diesel fuel trims. It would share the engines with the Jazz hatch as the petrol variants would be powered by the 1.2L i-VTEC engine, while diesel variants would get the 1.5L 4-cylinder i-DTEC engine. The company is expected to offer the petrol variants with manual and CVT gearboxes, while the diesel models would feature a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The pricing could well start from Rs. 6 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom) and go as high as Rs. 9 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom) for the top variant. It would be locally manufactured alongside the Jazz hatch at Honda's Tapukara production facility in Rajasthan.