The latest offering from the Honda Cars India, the WR-V will launch on 16th March, 2017 and the company has started accepting bookings for the compact SUV. According to a dealership, the WR-V can be booked for a token amount of Rs 21,000 and is expected to be priced between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 10.5 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The upcoming Honda WR-V will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV300.
The Honda Jazz based compact SUV will benefit from the duties levied on cars above four metres as it measures 3,999 mm in length. In addition to the sub-4 metre length, the WR-V is 1,734 mm wide, 1,601 mm tall and will has a wheelbase of 2,555 mm. Honda will offer the new WR-V with the same engines as the ones doing duty in the Jazz, a 1.2 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel unit. The petrol engine develops 89 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm which is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Unlike that Jazz which also gets a CVT (Continuously variable transmission) automatic gearbox, the WR-V only has a manual transmission. The diesel variants will produce 99 hp of power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. This engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The exterior of the WR-V will feature a new front fascia design with Daytime Running Lamps, revised tail lamps, larger fog lamps and silver skid plates on the front and rear bumper when compared to its hatchback sibling, the Jazz. The compact SUV, WR-V will also have black side cladding and roof rails to accentuate its SUV character.
In the cabin, the car will feature an all-black interior theme with silver accents on the AC vents, dashboard and steering wheel. The company will offer the SUV with steering mounted controls for the audio system, a touchscreen infotainment system with Mirrorlink smartphone connectivity, voice recognition and a reverse parking camera.
These features will be present only in the top-end versions however standard features will include dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). Higher trims will also get a touch panel automatic climate control, push-button start/stop and rear wiper with defogger.