Honda Cars India launched its first crossover, the WR-V in India on 16th March, 2017 and the car manufacturer has already received around 2,500 bookings within a week. Before the launch of the Honda WR-V, the company started accepting the bookings from 1st March, 2017 at a minimum amount of Rs 21,000.
The new Honda WR-V is available in both petrol and diesel engine options and there is a demand for the diesel variants as compared to the petrol versions. Honda WR-V is the first model in the company's portfolio that is manufactured and sold globally. The WR-V has been developed at Honda's R&D facility in the country.
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The demand for the newly launched Honda WR-V can also be attributed to the segment-leading space and a host of new features. The WR-V is the first crossover in its segment that has been equipped with an electric sunroof. The car also gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system or DIGIPAD, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new DIGIPAD system was first introduced in the new 2017 Honda City. The steering mounted control, automatic climate control and engine start-stop button are also being offered on the new crossover. The safety features include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and dual front airbags as standard.
The Honda WR-V is based on the Jazz's platform and also shares some of the components with the hatchback. However, the WR-V is bigger and taller in terms of dimension than the Honda Jazz. It is also powered by the same 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol that produces 89 hp of power and 110 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox only and the the CVT offered on the Jazz hasn't been carried through here. The engine delivers a fuel economy of 17.5 kmpl. The diesel variants get a 1.5 litre i-DTEC unit that generates 98 hp and 200 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and the engine offers 25.5 kmpl of fuel efficiency.