Honda is gearing up to take the compact SUV segment competition in India on a higher notch with the upcoming WR-V. Once launched, the carmaker will be battling it out against the segment leaders, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, both of which share a major part of the segment.
Honda has recently rolled out a production-ready unit of the upcoming sub-4 meter compact SUV, WR-V in an event at company’s Tapukara based production facility. Being a 5-seater crossover, WR-V will sit below its elder sibling, BR-V while the production of the car has been kicked-off at the same Tapukara Plant in Rajasthan where it was showcased.
The launch of this new crossover will be followed by the facelift Honda City which is likely to head toward Indian shores in a couple of weeks, and then the WR-V is expected to go on sale in the country from March this year.
In terms of revealing details of the car, the Japanese carmaker is playing cards close to its chest. However, the sub-4 meter crossover is likely to be blessed with several techno-smart features like a touchscreen smart infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, reverse parking camera, inbuilt navigation and a touchscreen climate control setup.
On the outside, the major highlights will be the DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Under the hood, the Honda WR-V will get the similar petrol and diesel powertrain options that are currently being offered with the Honda Jazz.
The details of petrol mill include a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 87 bhp of maximum power along with the 110 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, The diesel motor boasts of a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged mill that churns out the maximum power of 98 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm.
While the diesel powered engine will be coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the petrol mill will be mated to a 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox. No AMT option for the diesel powertrain will be offered.
Keeping the competition in mind, Honda will not bat much higher on the WR-V and can be launched at a starting price of INR 6.5 Lakh and up to the INR 9.5 Lakh for the range-topping variant.
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