Honda has its presence in almost every segment in the Indian auto industry, be it executive sedans, MPVs or premium high-end SUVs. However, the company’s portfolio was missing a compact crossover till date. Hence, in order to overcome this frailty and make its presence felt in the segment, Honda WR-V is about to be introduced. The crossover would be based on the Jazz hatchback, which is also known as 'Fit' in several global markets. Honda WR-V images are not available as of now, but spy-shots have indicated that it would be offered in a rugged and sporty avatar with a plethora of stylish elements.
Dimensionally, it is expected to be identical to the Jazz, except for the improved ground clearance and retuned suspension system. Honda WR-V variants are not yet known as the car hasn't officially arrived. The cabin and features would be borrowed from the hatch sibling, and it is believed to come in both the petrol and diesel fuel trims. Safety features would be at par with the rivals, and perhaps dual front airbags might be offered as standard feature. Honda WR-V price in India could be somewhere in the bracket of Rs. 6-9 Lakh (Ex-Showroom) as it would go on sale in the first half of 2017.
Honda WRV Looks
Honda WR-V would flaunt an aggressive front fascia with several sporty elements, such as smoked headlamps, new single-slat chrome grille and skid plate, plastic cladding on the bumper, etc., to name a few. It would get newly-designed alloy wheels and roof rails. There would also be body cladding at the wheel arches to accentuate the oomph factor. The rear end would boast restyled tail-lamp cluster and repositioned number plate. Basically, it would be a sportier version of the Jazz with an array of sturdy elements.
Honda WR-V colours are expected to be same as the other company products; however, Honda might surprise by presenting it in an all-new colour that may never be seen before on any other product of the company.
Honda WRV Interiors
Honda WR-V interiors would be similar to the Jazz hatchback. Though, it could come with a lot more chrome treatment, especially on the dashboard, handbrake and aircon vents. The WR-V crossover would be pretty spacious, and would offer decent legroom and shoulder room even to the rear seat occupants. As far as Honda WR-V features are concerned, they would be carried over from the current-gen Jazz hatch.
Honda WRV Engine & Transmission
Honda WR-V is expected to be launched in both petrol and diesel fuel trims, while sharing the engines with the Jazz. The petrol variant would be powered by the 1.2L i-VTEC motor, which is expected to generate 89 bhp of top power at 6000 rpm and 109 Nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variant would in-house the 1.5 L 4-cylinder i-DTEC engine, which is expected to belt out 98 bhp of maximum power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of the highest torque at 1750 rpm. The company might offer three transmission options: 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual (diesel) and CVT. The exact Honda WR-V specifications haven't been officially announced as of now by the company.
Honda WRV Mileage
Honda WR-V mileage is expected to be fairly high as compared to the rivals. The petrol variant is expected to return 16-18 kmpl, while the diesel variant might deliver in excess of 25 kmpl. If a CVT gearbox is introduced with the crossover, then it might have fuel efficiency greater than that of the manual variants.
Honda WRV Braking and Safety
Honda WR-V 2016 would get disc brakes at the front and rear, while a couple of first-in-segment safety features may be introduced. Features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), dual front airbags, rear parking sensors and seatbelts with pre-tensioners are expected to make their way into the crossover.
Honda WRV Performance & Handling
Honda WR-V, identical to the Jazz, is expected to be a decent performer. However, if WR-V is to rule the segment and gain momentum over its foes, the Honda engineers would really need to work on the cabin noise, which is intolerable at times in the Jazz. The NVH levels need extensive rework so that it can offer a peaceful and serene drive. Currently, Honda WR-V reviews are not available and hence, we cannot really comment on the performance and handling of the crossover. The handling can be expected to be sublime, like every other Honda product.
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