The WR-V – Honda’s answer to the Vitara Brezza and the EcoSport – will make its world debut at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016 next month.
Honda has revealed the first official sketch of its first sub-4m SUV – the WR-V – ahead of its debut in Brazil at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show on November 08, 2016. The vehicle has also been spied testing in the South American country a lot of times this year. It will be launched in Brazil first and Honda is likely to introduce the WR-V here in the first quarter of next year.
Though it is based on the City/Jazz’s platform and shares a few design elements with them as well, we expect Honda to pit the WR-V against the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, among others (will be similarly priced as well). Even in Brazil, Honda is calling it a compact SUV. According to the Japanese automaker, WR-V stands for ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’.
Speaking of the design, the WR-V will feature completely redesigned front and rear profiles, while the sides will be identical to the Jazz. The front profile features a squared, high-set bonnet and thick chrome grille which is closely flanked by a bold set of swept-back headlamps. The vehicle certainly features Honda’s current SUV face – windswept – which is also seen in the latest, fifth-generation CR-V.
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The rear profile has not been revealed by the automaker yet, and if you pay attention to the side profile in the official sketch, the doors are a straight lift from the Jazz, but it rides on bigger wheels. This will perhaps help the WR-V borrow the USP of the hatchback – its Magic Seats. The interiors will also be identical to the Jazz. However, one can expect additional features. Also, the WR-V will feature class-leading interior space and boot space in its segment, just like the Jazz.
Mechanically, the compact SUV is likely to be identical to the Jazz, featuring a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol (90PS/110Nm, five-speed MT and CVT) and a 1.5-litre diesel (100PS/200Nm, six-speed MT). Stay tuned to CarDekho for its world debut report next month. Meanwhile, you can have a look at what we expect from Honda’s debutant sub-4m SUV here: Honda WR-V – What To Expect.