Honda has unveiled its brand new model the WR-V at the ongoing Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil. The name WR-V is an acronym for ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’ and Honda R&D Brazil says that the model has been developed as a vehicle that realizes a tough and urban SUV design as well as excellent utility and a spacious cabin within a compact body size. The Honda WR-V is a smart looking large hatchback crossover that’s based on the Jazz platform. As per reports the WR-V is slated to be launching in India in the first quarter of 2017.
The Honda WR-V has all the rugged looks that a Crossover needs to have, upfront the bumper has a dynamic and SUV like design to it. The center grill is the Honda family styled one along with restyled headlights and a thick sized faux skid plate. Sides remind a lot of the Jazz but get a lot of extra design elements on it. The wheel arches come with SUV like cladding; you get a fiber cladding around the running board to further make this look like a mean machine. The roof gets roof rails which helps add a lot of off road character to this car. The rear comes with a all revised rear bumper that now gets a meaty faux plate and all new muscular design on it. The tail lights get a all new L- style design and extend themselves on to the tail gate.
Honda has not confirmed any final specifications for the WR-V but from the pictures that were released the vehicle comes with a raised ground clearance as compared to the Jazz. The cabin of the WR-V will remain a lot similar to that of the Jazz with maybe some changes to the dash inserts, upholstery etc to suit the crossover theme. On the engine front the WR-V is expected to continue using the motors that power the current Jazz. The Jazz currently comes with a 1.2-litre Petrol and the 1.5-litre Diesel engines along with manual and CVT automatic transmission option for the petrol and only manual option on the diesel. It would be interesting to see how the Honda WR-V competes with the likes of the Maruti S-Cross, Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Urban Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo etc when launched in 2017.
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