India-bound Honda WR-V rendered based on official sketch
Posted on: Oct 25, 2016 - 11:45am IST
Will debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show on November 8.
Last week Honda released the first teaser of Brazil-spec Fit Twist’s replacement – the Honda WR-V – offering a first look at what we can expect when it breaks cover at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show on November 8.
Based on the design sketch, IAB’s Shoeb R Kalania has created a rendering of the Honda WR-V. In a bid to distance the crossover version further from the Fit (Jazz), Honda decided to give it a new name as well as a new face that looks more aggressive and rugged. It has the usual pseudo-crossover touches, which include raised ground clearance, tough body cladding and larger rims.
The Honda WR-V will go on sale in Brazil and South America first. It will borrow the Fit’s powertrain: a 1.5L Flex-fuel four cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual or CVT, which sends power to the front wheels. It will rival lower variants of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster, as well as the Hyundai HB20X, VW CrossFox and Chevrolet Onix Activ.
The WR-V is also (unofficially) confirmed to launch in India. Local reports state that it will arrive in March 2017, and launch in both 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel variants. Upon arrival, it will compete against the Hyundai i20 Active, VW Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross, and the Fiat Urban Cross.