Brazil’s new Honda WR-V previewed in jazzy sketch

Brazil’s new Honda WR-V previewed in jazzy sketch

The 2017 Honda WR-V has been previewed in a sketch released by the Japanese marque, ahead of the new compact SUV’s reveal at the Sao Paulo motor show in November.

Aimed primarily at the South American market – where SUVs are becoming increasingly popular – the ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’ will sit below the CR-V and HR-V in Honda’s SUV line-up.

The word winsome means “attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way”, hinting that Honda wants the WR-V to be cute and different – likely targeting female buyers.

In the release that accompanied the sketch, the company said: “Based on the research of customers needs in South America, Honda R&D Brazil developed the WR-V as a vehicle that realises both a ‘tough and urban’ SUV design, which is popular among people who enjoy active lifestyles, and excellent utility within a compact body size”.

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While not confirmed, it’s likely the WR-V will have a lot in common with the popular Jazz light hatch.

The design itself looks very much like a Jazz – albeit on steroids – and it wouldn’t be outrageous to assume the WR-V will share numerous mechanical components with the popular hatchback either.

Honda has confirmed the WR-V will initially be launched in Brazil and other South American countries.

The 2016 Sao Paulo motor show opens to the public on 10 November and runs until 20 November.

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Although the WR-V is the work of Honda’s Brazilian production and sales subsidiary, the tiny crossover could serve as a direct competitor to the Suzuki Ignis which launches Down Under in the first quarter of 2017.

Neil McDonald, group public relations manager at Honda Australia, told CarAdvice that there are no plans to bring the WR-V here.

“The Honda WR-V is a South America-only vehicle, specifically designed and engineered for that market,” he said.

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