Honda WRV, the recently-launched sub-compact SUV from the Japanese carmaker, will soon receive a more powerful 118bhp, 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. It’s the same powertrain that does duty in the new Honda City sedan. With an aim to achieve sportier performance, Honda will improve its power-to-weight ratio more than 100bhp per tonne. This will make it direct competitor of the Fiat Abarth and Ford 1.0 EcoBoost EcoSport.
With high power figures, the new Honda WRV petrol variant will also go up against the hot-hatchs such as Volkswagen Polo GT, Abarth Punto and Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno RS. Since the current WRV lineup lacks automatic variant, the company might also introduce a 7-speed CVT gearbox with mounted paddleshifters. This new petrol variant will also get a sporty steering adding more to its drivability. With a powerful petrol engine and automatic autobox, the new Honda WRV variant will come as an option for buyers looking for easy yet exciting to drive compact SUV. Picture Gallery – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
Currently, Honda WRV is available with two engine options – a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. While the petrol motor delivers 89bhp with 110Nm of torque, the diesel unit returns 99bhp with 200Nm. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual. Honda’s new sub-compact SUV is one of the most frugal cars in its league. The petrol version of the car offers a claimed mileage of 17.5kmpl, and the diesel variant gives an impressive 25.5kmpl.
Feature-wise, the WRV is loaded one. The headlamps integrated LED daytime running lights, steering mounted controls, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, height adjustable driver seat, power-operated wing mirrors, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD come as standard fitment. Features such as electric sunroof, 16-inch alloys, a 7-inch DGIPAD touchscreen infotainment system with voice command, navigation and MirrorLink connectivity, reverse parking camera and automatic climate controls are exclusively made available on the tops-spec model.