It seems like Honda is not quite satisfied with the crossover market yet and even after offering 2 crossovers (sort of) in India in the last couple of years, Honda is eyeing an introduction of their third crossover. Reportedly, Honda is working on a Jazz based crossover and will name it WR-V (speculative name). Codenamed 2FM, the Jazz-based crossover has been under development for markets like India and Brazil.
The Honda WR-V cross will be launched in a segment running simultaneous to Honda Jazz and will compete against other soft-crossovers like Fiat Avventura, Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross and VW Cross Polo. Interestingly, this segment never took-off in India and it's surprising to see Honda's interest in this rather uncalled for segment.
Honda is already selling Mobilio MPV in the domestic market, which although, is not a crossover, but can be categorized as one. Then there's the recently launched BR-V, which Honda calls to be a compact SUV, but is essentially a compact crossover. The newest of the crossover, WR-V will be positioned below the BR-V for the Indian buyers and will be completely based on the Jazz, sharing most of the parts from the premium hatchback, including engine and styling.
Honda has been testing the new WR-V for quite a some time now and it has been spotted in Brazil earlier. Reports then indicated that Honda could name the crossover as Jazz Twist, but it appears Honda changed its mind and wants to align the new product with the new SUV nomenclature. Just so you know, Jazz goes by the name 'Fit' in some markets.
Expect the looks to be similar with minimal modifications like wheel arches and raised ground clearance. The interiors will be completely different and more inline with newer models. As for the engines, the WR-V will borrow both the power plants from the Jazz - a 1.2 i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-lire i-DTEC diesel engine. The Brazilian version will most probably receive the flex-fuel engines.
Honda is planning for the Sao Paulo Motor show world debut for the crossover slated to take place in October 2016. The India launch can happen anytime in 2017 and since the new Jazz is heavily localized, the WR-V could very well enjoy the same manufacturing cost structure, although it will be priced at a premium over the Jazz hatchback.
Via – Caranddriver.com