Honda Cars India unveiled the India-bound Honda WR-V at the 2016 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil and the car is speculated to launch on 16th March, 2017 in India. Recently, the company has also acquired 380 acres of land in Vithalapur, Gujarat where the upcoming compact SUV will be manufactured.
This will be the company's third manufacturing facility in the country. As reported by Autocar Professional, with the launch of the third plant in the country, it will reduce the waiting period throughout all vehicles. Honda has invested around Rs 1,000 crore for the acquisition of its new plant.
The company's facility at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh produces the Brio, Mobilio, Amaze, City, CR-V and the Accord, which is a Completely Built Unit or CBU, is also channeled through this facility. The second plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan manufacturers the Jazz, City, Amaze and BR-V. Each facility has a capacity of producing 120,000 units annually. The company sold 16,574 units in January 2017 as compared to 17,135 units in January, 2016, registering a decline of 9 percent.
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The Japanese carmaker is planning to expand its portfolio with the launch on the WR-V. The Honda WR-V will share its underpinnings with the Honda Jazz and like the hatchback, it will be powered by a 1.2 litre petrol and a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engines. Power and torque figures in the WR-V are expected to remain same with 87 hp and 110 Nm for the petrol variants, while the diesel trims will generate 100 hp and 200 Nm. The petrol engine will come with a 5-speed manual transmission and a CVT (Continuously variable transmission)automatic gearbox is also expected. The diesel versions will only have a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Honda WR-V is expected to be priced between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 11 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi and will primarily compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. This will be the company's first compact SUV for the Indian market.