Honda WR-V ruled out for Australia - Report

19/10/2016 - 19:35 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

HR-V to continue being the company's most affordable crossover in the country.

Honda will unveil a new crossover dubbed 'Honda WR-V' at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in November. It will be the company's smallest crossover globally.

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The Honda WR-V will be the company's smallest crossover globally, targeting cheaper variants of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster.

Speaking to the CarAdvice, Neil McDonald, Group Public Relations Manager, Honda Australia, said that the Honda WR-V won't be launched in the region. Mr. McDonald said that the WR-V is a South America-only vehicle and designed and engineered specifically for that region. However, Indian media reported that the WR-V will be launched in India, more specifically in March 2017.

Internally referred to as the 'Honda 2FM', the Honda WR-V has been developed by Honda's R&D team in Brazil. The WR-V is based on the Honda Jazz but has its own identity, as seen in the official rendering above. It will be powered by the Jazz's 1.5-litre FlexOne engine, which will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission.

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The Honda WR-V is based on the Honda Jazz, and is differentiated with new lights, rugged bumpers, wheels, roof rails and higher ground clearance.

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The Honda WR-V will go on sale in Brazil by early 2017. In India, the Fiat Urban Cross rival will be available with the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines of the Jazz.

[Source: CarAdvice]

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