India-bound Honda WR-V teased before tomorrow’s unveil
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Programed to launch at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show.
Last month Honda uploaded the first teaser of Brazil-spec Fit Twist’s replacement – the Honda WR-V – and followed it up with another image showing the car under a veil, this month. The final teaser before its unveiling at the Sao Paulo Auto Show tomorrow comes today, which offers the final look at the Jazz-based crossover’s face before the presentation.
Honda christened the adventurous variant of the Jazz as the Honda WR-V to give it the extra differentiation. Besides the exclusive branding, the car has all the gear of an all-roader, complete with roof rails, tough body cladding, bigger rims, higher ground clearance and rugged-looking front fascia.
As for its launch cadence, the Honda WR-V will venture into Brazilian and other South American markets first. Under the skin, the car is a Jazz, featuring the 1.5L Flex-fuel four-cylinder engine, coupled to a five-speed manual or CVT, which sends drive to the front wheels. Honda is aiming for the base variants of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster, while WR-V’s direct competitors would be the VW CrossFox, Hyundai HB20X, Chevrolet Onix Activ, and the Toyota Etios Cross – the four in-demand models in this breed.
Media reports claim that the Honda WR-V will launch in India in March 2017, with 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines. In India, the car would go up against the Hyundai i20 Active, VW Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross, and the Fiat Urban Cross.