2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show witnessed the global debut of Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), Honda’s first sub 4m SUV/crossover. The WR-V is Jazz based crossover which was earlier called Jazz Twist. To be launched in India by March this year, production version of WR-V has been showcased at company’s Tapukura plant, Rajasthan. Honda has had a roll out ceremony which also suggests that production has been commenced ahead of its official launch.
Though it is based on Jazz platform but Honda designers have considerable changes to differentiate from the hatchback. Front is completely redesigned with new front grille with thick chrome bar, new headlamps with LED DRLs, new bonnet and bumper. The side profile looks typically crossover-ish with side body cladding, deep character line, high ground clearance, roof rails and sporty alloy wheels.
The rear is also smartly designed thanks to long tailgate, wraparound taillights with integrated turn blinkers, black rear bumper with faux skid plate and LED reflectors. The Generous dost of chrome all around also enhance the overall design of the SUV/crossover.
Interiors haven’t been revealed but it is expected to carry similar features to Jazz such as driver centric floating dashboard with thick display unit (touchscreen for Top variants), silver accents and piano black finish. For features, it will get automatic climate control with touch buttons, height adjustable driver’s seat, 60:40 rear seat split. On safety front, dual airbags and ABS are likely to be offered as standard across all trims.
Honda WR-V’s power source could be the Jazz based 1.2l i-VTEC and 1.5l i-DTEC diesel engines. The petrol delivers 90bhp power and 110Nm of torque while the oil burner makes 99bhp of max power and 200Nm of torque. Transmission options include 5-speed manual (petrol), six speed and CVT gearbox for diesel.