Honda Brasil has started teasing the upcoming Jazz (Fit) based crossover, WR-V. It is to be unveiled at the upcoming Sao Paulo Motor Show in November. With the BR-V in place, the WR-V can be an ideal sub 4 metre competitor to the Fiat Avventura and Hyundai i20 Active here in India. After all, Indians love anything SUV-ish.
Essentially a successor of the Jazz Twist, the WR-V is based on the same underpinnings as that of the Jazz hatchback. The front fascia has been redesigned. The heavy chrome grille extends below the headlamp. The grille too has been reshaped and so is the headlamp itself.
To add to the sporty and tough image, Honda has added side cladding and skid plate. The wheel arches too have been extended. The alloy wheel design is also new. While we cannot be sure from a sketch yet, but there is a good chance that Honda has tweaked the suspension a bit. This translates to a higher ground clearance!
If the WR-V is brought to India, expect it to be powered by the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol (from the Indian Jazz) and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. Gearbox options will include a manual and a CVT automatic option for petrol. However, do not be in a hurry, for a launch is still some time away. Possibly in the second half of 2017.