India-bound Honda WR-V (Jazz-based crossover) – Rendering

15/04/2016 - 13:12 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

Will be positioned below the BR-V and HR-V.

Honda is set to introduce a new compact crossover that, reports say, will be called 'Honda WR-V'. It's currently under development, as seen in a spyshot clicked in Brazil, and internally known under the codename 'Honda 2FM'. A set of speculative renderings from Car And Driver Brazil shows how the Honda WR-V may look like.

Honda WR-V front three quarters rendering
The Honda WR-V will be based on the Honda Jazz's platform.

The Honda WR-V will be based on the same platform as the Jazz. The Honda HR-V, also a sub-compact crossover, is also based on this platform. However, the HR-V is too premium a compact vehicle to have potential for a price sensitive market like India.

The Brazilian publication, citing a source familiar with the Honda WR-V's development, says that the wheelbase will be 2.60 metre-long, making it a possibly more spacious vehicle compared to the Ford EcoSport (2,521 mm/2.52 metre) which will be its main rival.

Honda WR-V rear three quarters rendering
The Honda WR-V will likely be offered with 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine options in India.

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A 1.5-litre engine will be the standard offering in Brazil, along with a choice of 5-speed manual and continuously variable transmission. The 1.5-litre engine could be the i-VTEC FlexOne unit from the Jazz that develops 115 hp (petrol)/116 hp (ethanol) and 149 Nm (petrol)/150 Nm (ethanol) of torque. In India, the engine choices may be 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel.

The Honda WR-V will be introduced at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in November and will go on sale in India in 2017.

[Source: Car And Driver Brazil]

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