Launched: Honda WR-V
Honda bets on its new compact crossover offering to significantly boost sales
The new Honda WR-V is a car built for emerging markets, and aims to tick all the right boxes, quite like the Maruti Vitara Brezza did. In fact, this is the global launch of the WR-V and we're getting it first, before Brazil, where it was first shown in production form.
It is in essence, a crossover version of the Jazz, but it has more than just added ground clearance and body cladding, and there are some significant changes from the car it's based on. The WR-V is longer, wider and taller than the Jazz, and sports the identifiable Honda chrome slab on the grille. While in profile, the lines are quite similar to the Jazz but from the rear, it is easily distinguishable from the rest of the Honda stable.
The powertrains on offer are the same as those in the Jazz - the 1.2-litre petrol engine which makes 89bhp and 110Nm; and Honda's workhorse, the 1.5-litre i-DTEC which is good for 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. There is no automatic on offer, with a 5-speed manual transmission paired with the petrol unit and a 6-speed 'box for the diesel.
Honda offers safety features like ABS and airbags as standard on both trims. The VX variant also gets the new ‘Digipad’ 17.7cm display debuted in the new City and an electric sunroof, which is a segment-first. Thing is, though, will that be enough for it to be able to take the fight to the Brezza and the Hyundai i20 Active?
S Petrol - 7.75 lakh
S Diesel - Rs 8.79 lakh
VX Petrol - Rs 9 lakh
VX Diesel - Rs 10 lakh
(all prices ex-showroom, Delhi)
Read our review of the Honda WR-V