Year 2016 was pretty dull for Honda Cars India, the fully owned Indian subsidiary of the Japanese auto major Honda. Although Honda India did launch the BR-V and the Accord Hybrid in India last year apart from refreshing some of its existing models, the company’s sales rates have been pointing downward, for an overall lackluster year. However, things are hoped to be different for the Japanese car maker in this year, as it has some exiting new offerings planned for 2017 to boost its sales.
The WR-V has been one of the highly anticipated new models from the stable of Honda in India, given the high popularity of the compact SUV/ crossover segment in this country which is also the case with global markets. Honda has been missing out all the action the raving compact SUV market of India, but the WR-V is set to change that. The new Honda WR-V is a sub-4-meter compact crossover model based on the Jazz premium hatchback. This new Honda mini crossover model will in launch in India in March this year. Honda witnessed an official roll out ceremony for the WR-V at the Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. The top of the range model of the new Honda WR-V flaunts a new bright orange-gold shade, and the launch model will probably be painted in this shade. The WR-V is likely to be Honda Cars India's second model launch this year after the refreshed City’s launch that is expected in a few weeks’ time.
The WR-V shares the same platform with the Jazz and the City platform and is smaller than the BR-V with a seating capacity of 5 occupants. The sub-4-meter SUV is likely to be packed with many premium features like a touchscreen infotainment system, reverse parking sensors, inbuilt navigation, reverse camera, climate control and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The exterior features of the WR-V will include LED DRLs, 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and more. With its size and body style, the new Honda WR-V will rival with the massively popular Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and the yet to launch Hyundai Carlino SUV.
The Honda WR-V gets the same engines as the Jazz. Its petrol avatar is powered by a 1.2 liter 4-cylinder mill that produces 87 Bhp of top power and 110 Nm of peak torque. The diesel version of the WR-V gets a 1.5 liter 4-pot turbocharged engine that delivers 98 Bhp and 200 Nm. The diesel mill will be paired with a 6 speed manual transmission, while the petrol mill comes coupled with a 5 speed manual and a CVT gearbox choice.
With the launch of the Honda WR-V mini SUV, Honda Cars India will have 2 compact SUVs in its lineup. In May 2016, Honda India launched the 7-seater BR-V in the domestic market in both petrol and diesel versions.