India is one of the biggest markets for subcompact SUVs and crossovers in the world and every automotive manufacturer wishes to have a substantial slice of the pie in these segments. Now, with the launch of the Honda WR-V that starts at Rs 7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Japanese auto giant has now forayed into the lucrative subcompact SUV space in India. Not surprisingly, India is the first country in the world to manufacture and launch the WR-V. The Honda WR-V is built on the same platform as the current-gen Honda Jazz and the Honda City facelift. In substance, the WR-V is a crossover based on the current-gen Jazz.
The Honda WR-V gets a good list of features starting with standard ABS and airbags on all variants. The top VX trim gets a sunroof, which is a segment first and also the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that Honda calls DIGIPAD. One can also ask Honda to provide WiFi support with the DIGIPAD, inside the car as well. There is a reverse parking camera as well, with different views on the screen. As far as the engines are concerned, the WR-V gets a 1.2 Litre petrol and a 1.5 Litre diesel engine, and having driven them both, we can say that they perform very well. Here is everything to know about the Honda WRV.
Honda WR-V Exterior
A beefed up version of Honda Jazz, WR-V will share design cues with the premium hatchback and sport a compact silhouette. The face is aggressive with elements like large bumper, chrome laden large grille, headlamps with black inserts and muscular lines on the bonnet reinforcing the butch look. Side profile sports pronounced wheel arches, diamond cut alloy wheels and roof rails. Rear end reminds of BR-V and gets additional elements including L-shaped wrap-around tail-lamps, faux skid plate, new bumper and license plate placed on the tailgate.
Honda WR-V Interior
It is expected that interior will share components with Honda Jazz and will bear resemblance with the former. Most of the in-cabin tech will be borrowed from City and Jazz.
Honda WR-V Engine specification & Transmission
||1.2 Litre Petrol
||1.5 Litre Diesel
||89 bhp @ 6000 rpm
||99 bhp @ 3600 rpm
||110 Nm @ 4800 rpm
||200 Nm @1750 rpm
Under the skin, WR-V is expected to use the 1.2 litre, petrol engine and Honda’s 1.5 litre i-DTEC powertrain. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual and CTV gearbox and there could also be an option for a six-speed manual unit.
Honda WR-V Competition
The sub-compact SUV will go up against rivals including Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the segment.