Honda WR-V: A Compact Crossover

The Honda WR-V is a sub-4-meter compact crossover vehicle that was launched by Honda Cars India, the fully owned Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car manufacturing company, Honda Motors. The all-new Honda WR-V compact crossover was launched in the Indian car market on 16th of March, 2017.

Honda WR-V A Compact Crossover

The WR-V crossover is the first vehicle model from Honda, which is fully manufactured in India and will be offered for sale in the global markets. Based on the Honda Jazz, the Honda WR-V was first unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paolo Auto Show in Brazil. However, apart from being manufactured in India, the WR-V has been also launched first in the Indian market before any other markets in the world.

The Honda WR-V compact crossover is the first model which has been developed by Honda Research & Development centre, India in collaboration with Honda Research & Development center, Japan to meet global standards for the vehicle, while keeping the requirements and preferences of the young Indian customers in mind.

Honda Cars India’s R&D facility in Greater Noida has specifically worked on the WR-V’s design as well as engineering concept to make the vehicle apt for all the right-hand drive markets, while also tweaking it to cater to all the India specific requirements. The brand-new Honda WR-V is soon going to launch in the car market of Brazil, and the model will be manufactured in and exported from India.

The all-new Honda WR-V is based on the globally successful Honda Jazz premium hatchback and shares the same platform, mechanical specifications and a lot of components with the hatchback vehicle. ‘WR-V’ stands for ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’, and is currently marketed as the ‘WOW-RV’ in the official Indian TV commercial.

Design

The Honda WR-V compact crossover has been endowed with a very sporty, stylish and aggressive design language. The vehicle has been given a bold design to highlight its crossover category and to appeal to the young car buyers. Although it is based on the Jazz hatchback, it has more design similarities with the Brio based BR-V compact SUV. However, the side profile of the WR-V looks very like the Jazz. The crossover’s front fascia features a stylized wing shaped radiator grille with a thick chrome slat, a high bonnet line, a scuff plate, fog lamps and stylish, bulbous headlights along with LED DRLs. The side profile flaunts Jazz-like bold character lines. However, the WR-V gets its individualistic tough SUV-like stance with its silver finished roof rails and

However, the side profile of the WR-V looks very like the Jazz. The crossover’s front fascia features a stylized wing shaped radiator grille with a thick chrome slat, a high bonnet line, a scuff plate, fog lamps and stylish, bulbous headlights along with LED DRLs. The side profile flaunts Jazz-like bold character lines. However, the WR-V gets its individualistic tough SUV-like stance with its silver finished roof rails and taller stance. It also features 16-inch gunmetal finish alloy wheels and silver finished door handles. The rear design of the WR-V is also reminiscent of the Jazz, but gets a newly styled tail gate and an overall neat and smart design. There’s a LED high mount stop lamp, roof mounted spoiler, rear bumper skid plate and premium split type combination tail lights.

Dimensions

Although the Honda WR-V is essentially the sportier and more muscular version of the Jazz, it terms of dimensions, the WR-V is larger and taller vehicle as compared to its hatchback sibling. The WR-V has a wheelbase measuring 2,555 mm, and measures 3999 mm in length, 1734 mm in width and 1601 mm in height. The crossover vehicle has a high ground clearance of 188 mm.

Interiors

The all-new Honda WR-V offers a spacious and well designed cabin. The new crossover model shares a lot of parts and features with the Jazz. The dashboard and the instrument panel of the WR-V are carried over from the Jazz. The WR-V gets new fabric upholstery for the seats and is available in two color schemes, namely, Urban Casual – Black & Bluish Grey theme and Urban Sophisticated – Black & Silver.

Features

The Honda WR-V has been endowed with an array of premium creature comfort features. The crossover’s features list include 7 inch touchscreen integrated advanced infotainment system with audio , video and navigation, MirrorLink support for Smartphone Connectivity, advanced multi-information combination meter with LCD display, Eco Assist ambient rings on combimeter, multi-functional tilt telescopic steering wheel, pushbutton engine start-stop, automatic climate control with user-friendly smart interface, cruise control, steering mounted controls for HFT, audio, voice command and cruise control, front centre armrest with storage, class first one-touch electric sunroof, etc.

Safety Equipments

Safety equipments on the all-new WR-V include Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Dual SRS front airbags, Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), which are offered as standard fitments across all variants. Other safety features include pedestrian injury mitigation technology, impact mitigating front head rest, intelligent Pedal (brake over-ride system), multi-angle rear view camera long with guidelines, etc.

Engine & Transmission

The WR-V crossover is available in both petrol and diesel versions. The crossover shares the same engine options with its hatchback sibling Jazz. Thus, the petrol version has been equipped with the same 1.2 liter i-VTec petrol engine that can generate 89 hp of peak power along with 110 Nm of top torque and is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel version of the crossover gets powered by the 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel motor that delivers of 98 hp of max power along with 200 Nm of peak torque and is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Fuel Efficiency

The Honda WR-V claims to offer the class best fuel economy fuel efficiency. The petrol variants offer a fuel efficiency of 17.5 Kmpl, while the diesel models offer a mileage of 25.5 Kmpl.

Pricing

The all-new Honda WR-V has a price range of Rs. 7.75 lakh to Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

The following is a variant-wise price list:

Petrol:

  • S MT trim: Rs. 7,85,500
  • VX MT trim: Rs. 9,10,300

Diesel:

  • S MT trim: Rs. 8,90,100
  • VX MT trim: Rs. 10,11,800

Market Competition

The new Honda WR-V competes with many crossover and subcompact SUV models in India. It rivals the crossover models such as the Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross and Fiat Avventura. On the other hand, the WR-V is also an indirect rival of the sub-compact SUV models such as the Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

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