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Honda to launch the WR-V in India by mid-March

Honda to launch the WR-V in India by mid-March
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Wednesday 22 February 2017, 16:46 PM

Honda is going to launch the Jazz-based crossover, the WR-V, in India by mid-March. The WR-V crossover has been spotted in India a few times already.

The WR-V (short for Winsome Runabout Vehicle) was first unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show. The WR-V looks more of an SUV rather than a pumped up hatchback. Unlike the other hatchback-based crossovers in the market, the WR-V looks more of an SUV rather than a pumped up hatchback. It carries an aggressive stance with tall bonnet and a high ground clearance. The crossover is quite masculine and suits the rugged appearance of the crossover which moves it away from the Jazz hatchback. It has the new Honda signature thick chrome slat as the grille. The square-ish headlamps are swept back like the BR-V with integrated LED daytime running lamps with faux silver skid plate integrated into the black bumper cladding. On the inside, the interior remains fairly similar to the Jazz hatchback to keep the cost in check. The dashboard and instrument cluster is to be carried forward from the Jazz and so are the distinct ‘magic seats’. There will be a touchscreen infotainment system dominating the centre dash, with a revised upholstery.

When launched in India, the WR-V will borrow the engines fitted in the Jazz. So, the petrol will be the 1.2-litre i-VTEC making 87bhp while the diesel version will get the 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor putting out 98bhp. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual and a CVT for the petrol and a six-speed manual for the diesel.

The car has been spotted at a manufacturer’s Tapukara facility in Rajasthan and at dealer’s stockyard in Kerala already. Expected prices for the WR-V is between Rs 5.80 – 12 lakh which means it will also be the competing with Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport along with Hyundai i20 Active, Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura Cross.

 

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