Unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil, the Honda WR-V or ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’, is making its way to India. Last month, spy images revealing the WR-V crossover rolling off the production line made their way to the web. The WR-V would be manufactured at the company’s Tapukara facility in Rajasthan.
Honda Car India had previously revealed that the WR-V will be launched in March 2017. Recent spy images also suggest that the Jazz based crossover has begun making its way to local dealerships. Now, if a report by Autocar Professional is to be believed, Honda Car India will officially launch the upcoming WR-V in the country on March 16, 2017.
Here’s how the WR-V will look like as compared to the Jazz:
Up-front, the India-spec Honda WR-V receives a BR-V inspired grille and front bumper, as well as a re-sculpted bonnet. The headlamps, which are expected to feature LED DRLs, will be separated by a honeycomb grille with a thick, single slat chrome bar running across it. Also on offer would be circular fog-lamps and a faux skid plate finished in dull silver.
On either side, the model will receive ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, chrome door handles, roof rails, and diamond cut alloy wheels. The side profile would also include thick body cladding running the length of the crossover. At the rear, the WR-V would come equipped with a faux skid plate finished in dull silver, redesigned tail lamps and a chrome appliqué for the number plate recess.
Inside, the upcoming WR-V will feature a black dashboard, a large touchscreen infotainment system and similar touch HVAC controls as seen on the recently launched 2017 City. The model seems to have missed out on the start-stop button.
Powering the Honda WR-V in international markets is Honda Fit’s 1.5-litre flex fuel i-VTEC four cylinder engine. This engine comes mated to either a five speed manual transmission or a CVT that sends power to the front wheels. In India however, the WR-V will continue with the Jazz’s existing 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engines.
Image courtesy: Team-BHP
Following is an image gallery of the upcoming Honda WR-V (click to expand):