Honda's badge-engineered version of the Elevate SUV, the new WR-V, has made its debut in the Japanese market. The 2024 Honda WR-V shares the same Global Small Car platform as the Elevate, and is also powered by Honda's 1.5-litre naturally aspirated (NA) petrol engine. It, however, is differentiated from the made-in-India Elevate to have its own identity. Honda already sells the rebadged Elevate as the WR-V in markets like Malaysia. However, that is different from the Japan-spec WR-V. Design-wise, the newly revealed WR-V, short for Winsome Runabout Vehicle, features a big grille with a Honda logo in the centre, slim LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and fog lamps.
In profile, the Japan-spec WR-V gets squared-off wheel arches with thick plastic cladding and diamond-cut R17 alloy wheels. At the rear, it has the same wraparound taillamps as the Indonesia-spec WR-V as well as a slightly raked window.
New Honda WR-V: Interior, Features
Unlike the exterior that bears no changes over the Elevate, the interior of the new WR-V sports a host of revisions. The cabin has been given an all-black treatment. The seats are upholstered in black as against the rich brown leatherette upholstery found on the India-spec model. Plus, the Japanese version lacks the leather inserts on the dashboard. Features-wise, the Honda WR-V offers a new touchscreen infotainment system with physical controls. In comparison, the Honda Elevate has a 10.25-inch LCD touch-screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Other bits on the WR-V include automatic climate control, steering mounted controls, reverse parking camera, rear aircon vents, as well as the Honda Sensing ADAS suite, which includes collision mitigation brakes, lane watch camera, lane-keeping support system, auto high beam, and adaptive cruise control. But, the car loses key features such as a single-pane electric sunroof and wireless charger. It is a mixed bag in terms of features.
New Honda WR-V: Powertrain
Under the bonnet, the Honda WR-V gets the same 1.5-litre NA petrol engine that is tuned to generate 119bhp and 145Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission. In contrast, the 1.5-litre motor in the Elevate SUV is compatible with both the 6-speed manual and 7-step CVT transmission.
New Honda WR-V: Size/Dimensions
In terms of dimensions, the Honda WR-V measures 4,312mm in length, 1,790mm in width, and 1,650mm in height. It has a 2,650mm wheelbase and 220mm of ground clearance. The Japanese version comes in three variants – X, Z, and Z+ and is offered in 5 monotone colours.
The Honda WR-V will go on sale in the first half of 2024. The prices haven't been disclosed but expect them to remain similar to the Elevate, which retails between Rs 11 and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom, India).