Set to be launched soon, the Honda WR-V sports a crossover hatchback design but features the same engine from the Jazz
Premium hatchbacks today are where mid-sized hatches were a decade ago. Meanwhile, there is also the constant tussle between premium hatches and their crossover counterparts. Hyundai has the i20 Active, Toyota has the Etios Cross, Volkswagen has the Cross Polo and Fiat has the Urban Cross – it was only a matter of time before Honda introduced a representative in this segment. Say hello to the new Honda WR-V.
As you’d expect from a crossover hatchback, the Honda WR-V looks a bit more rugged than the Jazz. Aside from the plastic cladding all around the body and the silver scuff plates, its size also has a part to play. At 3,999mm in length, 1,734mm wide and 1,601mm height, it is larger than the Jazz by 44mm, 40mm and 57mm respectively. The WR-V has a wheelbase of 2,555mm which is 25mm longer than its hatchback sibling. To suit its crossover nature, the WR-V’s ground clearance too has been raised by 23mm. While the Jazz is already a spacious car, the WR-V, with its larger dimensions is likely to make more space on the inside. Interestingly, despite a noticeable increase in the dimensions, the WR-V has gained around 50 kilos over the Jazz. Boot space in an impressive 360 litres and it can further be increased thanks to the folding rear seat.
Unsurprisingly, a lot is common between the Jazz and the WR-V and the most important thing being the engines. The WR-V too will come with petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol WR-V has been plonked with a 1.2-litre four-cylinder powerplant that is good for 90PS and 110Nm. Over the years, this engine has gained the reputation of being among the most refined in the business. That being said, it isn’t the most energetic motor out there. If it’s a powerful and eager motor seek, the WR-V will also come with the tried and tested diesel 1.5-litre i-DTEC that pumps 99 horses and 200Nm. While the petrol comes mated to a 5-speed transmission, the diesel comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, same as the City. If there’s one thing these engines are well known for, it’s the efficiency. Honda claims an ARAI rated 17.5km/l for the petrol WR-V and 25.5km/l for the diesel. As far as suspension is concerned, although the WR-V uses the same McPherson Strut-Torsion Beam combination, but Honda says the setup has been altered.
In terms of features, the WR-V will come fitted with all the bells and whistles. The top-end trim will come with LED Daytime Running Lights, 16-inch wheels, tilt and telescopic steering, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with browser and email support, cruise control, keyless go and more. Oddly, only the top-spec diesel model comes with button start. In terms of safety, dual airbags and ABS come as standard fitment across all trim levels.
The Honda WR-V will only come in two variants – S and VX. It is likely to go on sale in India in a few weeks. When launched, it is expected to be priced between Rs 6.5-10 lakh. On its launch, the car will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai i20 Active, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Fiat Urban Cross.