Prices of the Honda WR-V might fall within the range of Rs 7 lakh – Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).
Honda’s all-new sub-4 metre compact SUV – WR-V – will see a release in India on 16th March 2017. Production of the vehicle is already underway at the carmaker’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Bookings for the Honda WRV might begin in the first week of March, and deliveries are likely to commence in April 2017. Honda lately showcased the WRV at the Sao Paulo Motor Show previous year, revealing its exterior and interior details. In the name, the WRV stands for ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’ as claimed by Honda.
Globally, the Honda WRV will be introduced as replacement to the Fit Twist model. In India, the vehicle will be positioned against the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai i20 Activ and the Fiat Avventura. Designed on Jazz platform, the sub-4 metre SUV carries an aggressive stance and crossover-ish looks. Some of its design elements have been carried over from the Jazz hatchback. Features such as new body cladding, high ground clearance, larger alloys, roof rails and larger redesigned grille jazzed up its sporty appearance. Though, the rear profile seems inspired by the CR-V.
Besides sharing its platform and styling elements, the WRV will also borrow the engine lineup from the Jazz hatchback. The 1.2-litre i-VTEC will be the petrol unit, and the diesel version will have a 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor. Additionally, the crossover could also get a more powerful 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine. As for transmission options, Honda might offer a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit. In Indian market, the new Honda crossover will be slotted below BR-V SUV both in terms of positioning and pricing. Read – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
First previewed at the last year’s Sao Paula Auto Show in Brazil, Honda WRV might go on sale in India on 16th March 2017. However, Honda has not confirmed the launch date as of yet. Also Read: Honda HR-V – All You Need To Know
|Base Model||Rs 7 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 10 lakh|
The Jazz based crossover will sit below the BR-V, and take on the likes of Hyundai i20 Active, Ford EcoSport, VW Cross Polo, etc. Therefore, the pricing is likely to be parallel to the competition. That said the estimated Honda WRV price in India will range between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
Sitting on the Jazz platform, the WRV subcompact crossover appears a rugged and sportier avatar of its hatchback sibling. That said it is expected to feature new front styling with a robust bumper and chiselled chin. The smokeed headlamp cluster with black inserts and a new grille with thick chrome band, reminiscent of Honda BR-V.
The side profile will be adorned by SUV-like elements such as muscular fenders, cladded wheel arches and doors. Traces of similarity with Jazz are visible around rear fender and doors. Towards the rear, the car will sport Jazz-inspired tail-lamp, rear bumper with faux aluminium skid plate and thick body cladding.
Cabin design looks identical to the Jazz, featuring chrome accents on dashboard, handbrake and air-con vents. The seat will be wrapped with new upholstery. In terms of space, the SUV will be quite spacious courtesy the 2.60 meter long wheelbase, vouching for comfortable room. Honda may put water proof floor mats in the luggage area on the Brazil-spec model Fit Twist. However, the India-bound model might devoid of them.
|Petrol||1.2-litre i-VTEC Petrol|
|Maximum Power||88.8bhp @ 6,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||109Nm @ 4,500rpm|
|Diesel||1.5-litre i-DTEC Diesel|
|Maximum Power||98.6bhp @ 3,600rpm|
|Maximum Torque||200Nm @ 1,750rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual, 6-speed Manual & CVT|
The Brazil-spec new Honda crossover will have a different nameplate, Fit Twist and will come with a 1.5 litre i-VTEC FLexOne engine. While running on petrol this motor will churn out a peak power of 115bhp and 149Nm, and on ethanol it will make 116bhp and 150Nm. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and an optional CVT unit.
On the other hand, the India-bound model might come fitted with Honda’s 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine making power worth 88.8bhp at 6,000rpm and 109Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. The diesel model will source its power from a 1.5 litre i-DTEC mill borrowed from the Honda Amaze. This oil burner will deliver 98.6bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. The crossover will come with a choice of three gearbox options – a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual (most likely to be offered with the diesel model) and a CVT.
|Petrol||16kmpl – 19kmpl|
Expected to derive power from the 1.2 litre i-VTEC engine, the petrol WRV might offer a mileage of 16kmpl in city conditions and 19kmpl on freeways. Diesel version is likely to be more fuel efficient, and can return 24kmpl.
New front grille
LED with Daytime Running Lamps
Plastic cladding on bumpers and wheel arches
Clear lens tail-lamps
Chrome accents on dashboard, handbrake and aircon vents
New seat upholstery
Long wheelbase (2.06m)
Water proof floor mats
The upcoming car from Honda India will take on the Ford EcoSport, Hyunda i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, Fiat Avventura and Toyota Etios Cross. While most of these cars are hatchback based crossovers save for Ford EcoSport which is priced in the same vicinity as others, deriving power from same capacity engines.
Based on the Jazz platform, the Honda WR-V will be the first sub-compact SUV from Honda Cars India. Besides the platform, it will also share its engine options with its hatchback sibling.