The latest reports on internet claiming that Honda Cars India is gearing up to launch a new model in India in March 2017. This will be a whole new concept but not a whole new car. Confirmed to be named WR-V in international markets, the new model will be based upon the Jazz hatchback and will imitate the likes of Vitara Brezza, Hyundai i20 Active & Ford EcoSport. Which means, high ground clearance, some cheap plastic cladding around and roof rails at its head to make people fall for the sham of compact SUVs. Thankfully, front- and rear-ends will be highly modified in comparison to that of the Jazz; this is what the teaser published by Honda South America, you seeing here, is telling us. In short, the WR-V will be to Jazz what BR-V is to Mobilio.
A thick band of chrome up front with Honda logo in the center and a little wider and more exciting looking headlamps will change its appearance from the Jazz. Bumpers, as now it has become a norm with Honda, will sport over-sized fake air ducts like the WR-V is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6.
Powering the model will be the same engine options – a 1.2-liter butter-smooth i-VTEC unit and a 1.5-liter grating i-DTEC engine. Power figures will also be similar to the Jazz, and so will be the transmission options – a 5-speed manual for petrol and 6-speed manual for diesel. International markets will definitely have the automatic option too but we can’t be sure of it for India at this point.
The WR-V will sit between the Jazz and BR-V and will try to raise a foothold against compact SUVs. Before its introduction in India, the new model will come out of the veil at Sao Paulo Motor Show 2016.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Thanks to ACI for the tip!