Honda is working on a compact crossover that’ll underpin the Jazz hatchback. It’s currently under development and internally known under the code-name ‘Honda 2FM’. Car and Driver are ready with a couple of speculative renders, which preview the upcoming, India-bound Honda that could be called the WR-V.
In profile, the WR-V will supposedly look like a high-riding Jazz, while technically, it will be just that. Referring to the render, the new front end will get some added bling on the bumper that befits the slightly upmarket positioning. The headlamp units, front grille have been tweaked a bit. The side profile too remains unchanged and features the same body lines as on the hatchback it is based on. It gets new roof rails and a fin-shaped antenna. On the rear, the Jazz drama has been digitally modified to give a cleaner look with a flat chrome garnish under the rear glass and the re-positioned number plate recess. The WR-V stands tall and features body cladding under both the rear and front bumpers; it also underlines the side section which runs from the front bumper to the front wheel arches and further extended to the rear wheel arches.
As per the source, the WR-V will be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that will make power up to 116 hp. For India, it could also employ the familiar 1,5-litre diesel engine. The engine will be strapped with a five-speed manual or an automatic transmission kit. It will drive on new 17 inchers instead of the smaller ones on the Jazz/Fit. Reports suggest that the Honda WR-V will be the automaker’s efforts to take down the likes of Ford Ecosport and the Renault Duster. The WR-V is expected to be showcased at the São Paulo International Motor Show in November. In the market, it will be positioned between the Jazz and the upcoming BR-V. The manual version will be priced close to R $ 60,000 (INR 11.3 Lakhs approx.) and the top end automatic variant will go up to $ 75,000 (INR 14.1 Lakhs approx).
source: Car and Driver Brasil