Honda is going to show off its Ford EcoSport rival Honda WR-V subcompact SUV at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show in November this year and just days before the auto show, official sketch of the Honda WR-V have been released by Honda Brazil.
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with rumours and leaks about the Honda WR-V, it is based on Jazz platform and will be restricted under the 4-metre mark. Honda is planning to release this compact SUV in quite a few markets – specifically the developing markets including India – considering that there is a huge demand for such cars.
The sketch was released by Honda Brazil because of the fact that WR-V crossover has been developed by the R&D team located in the country. The overall design may have been inspired from Jazz, but what makes this Honda WR-V different is the much more aggressive design that has muscular lines on the bonnet, large lower grille, and the chunky bar that holds the big ‘H’. Those accentuated wheel arches, roof rails and alloy wheels making give it rather a bolder look than Jazz.
The Honda WR-V will be replacing the Fit Twist, which is the crossover version of the Jazz in South America, while most of the other markets including India will be receiving it as an all-new model. The Brazilian spec version is expected to carry the same 1.5-liter flex-fuel engine that also powers the Jazz hatchback and will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and CVT automatic options.
On the India spec model though, Honda Cars India will power the WR-V subcompact SUV using the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine options, also seen on the new Jazz. We do not expect much change in the power output though. Expect to see a healthy amount of features borrowed from the Jazz and City siblings.
In terms of rivals, the Honda WR-V will be locking horns with the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo, Fiat Urban Cross, and the likes. More details will be available next month in Brazil.