Honda Cars India will launch its much awaited compact crossover, the WR-V tomorrow on 16th March, 2017. The company has already started accepting booking of the WR-V. The vehicle will mark Honda's entry into the segment, presently dominated by the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV300. The Honda WR-V will be available in two variants, S and VX for the petrol and diesel engine options.
What does it better than anyone else?
While the WR-V during our drive turned out to offer a good mix of features, material quality, comfort and driving experience, the one thing that stood out was space. The Jazz is already a large hatchback and quite spacious too. With a wheelbase longer by 25 mm, the WR-V pushes the cabin space even further to a point where it's the most spacious car in its segment presently. This makes the car appealing for those with families or people with an inclination for an adventurous lifestyle that involves weekend trips. Mix this with a good list of connectivity features and sorted ride quality, you get a cabin that's more comfortable than any other compact SUV/ Crossover on sale in India right now.
The WR-V will feature same engine as found in the Honda Jazz, which the WR-V is based upon. The car is powered by a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The petrol engine delivers 89 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, while the diesel generates 99 hp of power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Both the engines will be available only with manual transmissions wherein the petrol engine gets a 5-speed unit and the diesel engine gets a 6-speed gearbox. Unlike the Jazz, the WR-V misses out on the CVT transmission offered with the petrol engine.
The WR-V has taken its design cues from Honda Jazz, it get features such as larger headlamps & fog lamps with new front fascia design with Daytime Running Lamps or DRLs at the front. At rear, the compact SUV gets new tail lamp design similar to BR-V and a silver skid plate. The WR-V sits on a 16 inch alloy wheels and has a wider tyre profile.
Dimensionally, Honda WR-V measures 3,999mm in length, 1,734 mm in width, 1,601 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,555 mm, which is longer by 25mm from Jazz. The vehicle also features a wheelbase longer by 25 mm over that of the Jazz and hence it offers a more spacious cabin.
Inside the cabin, Honda WR-V gets a design similar to the Jazz such as black dashboard with silver inserts. The compact crossover also features a 7-inch DIGIPAD infotainment system which support Mirrorlink, Bluetooth, USB. This is the same unit that was first introduced in the recently launched 2017 Honda City. The top end trim gets features such as steering mounted controls, cruise control and push button start/stop with keyless entry. For the first time in this segment, the compact SUV gets a sunroof. However, this feature will only be available on the upper variants.
The WR-V will get dual front airbags, ISOFIX mounts for child seats at the rear bench and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as a standard variant. The higher variant will receive more features such as rear wipers with defogger.
Honda WR-V is expected to be priced around Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10.5 lakh. If the compact SUV is priced competitively tomorrow, it could give tough competition to its rivals, mainly owing to good balance between space and convenience features.