Ford EcoSport Rivaling Honda WR-V Teased Ahead Of Debut This Month

Honda Cars Brazil released the first official sketches of the WR-V subcompact SUV last month and as we get closer to the unveiling, the company has now teased yet another picture. The production car is under wraps and will make its public debut at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show this month.

The WR-V is based on the Jazz platform that also underpins the City sedan but Honda has its eye on the sub-4 metre segment and that’s why this one is going to be under 4 metres. What also makes the model extremely interesting is the fact that the WR-V will make it to India as well to take on a host of sub 4-metre SUVs and crossover models which include the likes of the Hyundai i20 Active, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 among others.

The WR-V crossover has been developed by the R&D team of Honda Cars Brazil and the car takes most of its design cues from the Jazz. Up front, the WR-V is more aggressive in terms of design and gets muscular lines on the bonnet, large lower grille, and the chunky bar that holds the big ‘H’ (company logo), similar to what we’ve seen on the City and Jazz.

You can also see the accentuated wheel arches, roof rails and alloy wheels making for a muscular appearance, while the tail light shows a glimpse from the sides, and could be the boomerang shaped ones, similar that seen on the Jazz.

Honda WR-V Sketch

The Honda WR-V will replace the Fit Twist, which is the crossover version of the Jazz in South America, while most of the other markets including India will get it as an all-new model. The Brazilian spec version is expected to carry the same 1.5-litre flex-fuel engine that also powers the Jazz hatchback and will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and CVT automatic options.

On the India spec model though, Honda Cars India will power the WR-V subcompact SUV using the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine options, also seen on the new Jazz. We do not expect much change in the power output though. Expect to see a healthy amount of features borrowed from the Jazz and City siblings.

Honda will certainly want to gain some ground in India with the WR-V and we probably think it too, like Hyundai, will be looking to establish one SUV in every segment. The BR-V was part of this plan and the CR-V is already here. Well we can’t wait to know more about this SUV for sure.

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