Honda Cars India (HCI) is already turning heads, with 3000 confirmed bookings barely after the new Honda WR-V was released. Right after the Honda WR-V was launched in Bangalore, the Senior Vice President of Honda Cars India, Jnaneswar Sen, informed the media that 3000 bookings have already been made with the company for the Honda WR-V.
The prices of the Honda WR-V have been announced in Delhi on the 16th of March at a range of Rs 7.75 Lakh to Rs 9.99 Lakh ex-showroom. Although it seems higher than the prices of similar competitors, the base S grade itself comes with a very good range of equipment. The Honda WR-V enters the market as a rival to the Fiat Avventura, the Hyundai i20 Active, and the Volkswagen Cross Polo. It also has to hold its own against other sub-4m SUVs such as the Mahindra TUV300, the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Ford EcoSport, and the soon to be launched, Tata Nexon.
The WR-V is based on the Honda Jazz, but is 57 mm taller, 40 mm wider, and 44 mm longer than the original Jazz itself. The dimensions of the WR-V are 3999 mm in length, 1601 mm height 1734 mm width, with a comparatively longer wheelbase of 2555 mm. Even the ground clearance is increased by 23 mm with the current being 188mm. The design is rather distinctive and sharply aggressive, making it stand out from its predecessor, the Honda Jazz.
The top end version, the VX Diesel, comes with an array of high tech installations, including a 7 inch DIGIPAD entertainment system, automatic climate control, a segment-first sunroof, as well as 16-inch dual tone alloy rims.
The Honda WR-V is available with either a 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine, or a 1.5L i-DTEC diesel motor. Although the Jazz came equipped with an Earthdreams CVT in the petrol variant, The WR-V is lacking in the department. Therefore, it is only available with manual gearboxes, with a 5-speed unit in the petrol variant, and a 6-speed unit in the diesel version.