If we see the popular recent trend in the global automotive market, the Crossover and compact SUV segment is surely running sky high. Almost in every corner of the world the demand of r a rugged looking spacious compact SUV or a rugged tough looking crossover is rising. Therefore to meet the demand the automakers have been coming up with innovative ideas.

Honda recently introduced the BR-V, which is a compact crossover. The car appears a blend between a compact SUV and a MPV. Now the automaker is developing an all new car in form of WR-V; which will arrive in Indian market sometime around 2017. The car is a compact crossover based on the premium hatchback Honda Jazz. Globally Honda has a premium crossover based on the Jazz, which is dubbed as the HR-V. Considering the price sensitiveness of the Indian customers, the Japanese automaker decided not to launch the pricey HR-V in India. Rather the company opted to develop and launch an all new vehicle in form of Honda WR-V, which will be positioned below the premium HR-V and above the recently launched Honda BR-V.

Brazilian automotive publication “Car and Driver” has published a spyshot based rendering image of the upcoming Honda WR-V, which looks stylish and upmarket. Let’s take a look at the upcoming stylish crossover.

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EXTERIOR

The entire car was developed for the keeping the needs of South American customers in mind. This vehicle has been built keeping the tough and urban SUV in mind. Now if we talk about styling the WR-V actually looks like a beefed up variant of the Jazz (Fit) hatchback. The Crossover received black body claddings all around the hatchback. The front profile has also received a slightly more aggressive front bumper. While just like we mentioned above the side profile gets a black body claddings and a raised ground clearance. The WR-V also gets a bigger alloy wheels as well, the WR-V also received roof rails as well. The rear profile however looks almost identical to the Jazz hatchback and hasn’t received any major change.

INTERIOR

Honda hasn’t revealed anything about the interior yet however we feel that the interior of the Honda Jazz based WR-V will surely offer a premium upmarket and spacious cabin to the occupants. Expect a three spoke multifunction steering wheel with a sleek and stylish instrument cluster. The centre console will surely sport a stylish touchscreen infotainment system. Honda WR-V With 2060 mm of wheelbase definitely promises to offer enough space for the occupants although being in a compact body shape. Although the space will be less than the Ford EcoSport, as the EcoSport comes with 2521 mm of wheelbase.

DRIVETRAIN

For the international market the Honda WR-V will be getting the Fit’s 1.5L FlexOne i-VTEC four cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 115 hp of peak power and 15.2 kg.m of peak torque. The engine is paired to a five speed manual while there is also an option of a CVT gearbox as well.

However for the Indian market the WR-V will get the same drivetrains from the Jazz hatchback. The petrol variant gets the 1.2 litre unit while the diesel variant is powered by the 1.5 Litre i-DTEC engine which also powers some other Honda cars as well. The engines will also be paired to either a 5 speed manual or a CVT transmission.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine1.2 litre i-VTEC / 1.5 litre i-DTEC
Fuel typePetrol / Diesel
Transmission5 speed manual / CVT

COMPETITION

FORD ECOSPORT

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Ford EcoSport is one of the most popular and best selling compact SUV available in Indian market. The EcoSport is available in three different powertrain options. The 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine is the most popular unit available which comes generation 125 PS of peak power and 17.33 Kgm of peak torque. On the petrol front the other engine is a 1.5 litre unit which churns out 112 PS of peak power and 14.27 Kgm of peak torque. The diesel variant draws power from a 1.5 litre unit which produces 91 PS of peak power and 20.8 Kgm of peak torque.

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CONCLUSION

Honda has plans to launch the WR-V in the South American market; the Crossover will be manufactured at the new automobile R&D Center in Brazil which became operational in 2013. This will be third SUV in the market after the CR-V and the HR-V. This will compete directly with some other Crossover like the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and the Chevrolet Onix Activ in the South American markets. While in the Indian market it will be positioned below the BR-V Crossover and will compete with the same Duster and the Ecosport compact SUV.

WE will definitely update you with more details as soon as the Crossover is launched in the Indian market.