Honda introduces new WR-V crossover in Brazil

Honda introduces new WR-V crossover in Brazil

Honda has launched a new compact crossover called the WR-V at the Sao Paulo International Auto Show.

Slotting in at a sub- Honda HR-V size, the WR-V was designed to

Described as “tough and urban” and designed for the South American market, it emphasizes a spacious cabin in a compact body. Slotting in at a sub-Honda HR-V size, the WR-V is meant to do battle with the likes of the Hyundai i20 Active and VW Cross Polo, all compacts that have been jacked up to crossover ride heights.

Like the Honda Fit it’s based on, it features a large canopy — with window lines very character lines echoing those of the Fit — and a very short hood. The grille features a prominent chrome beam fitting in with the rest of the Honda lineup, as well as lots of black cladding for a quasi-rugged look.

Under that bonnet, engine options include an 89-horsepower 1.2-liter i-VTEC engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or CVT, as well as an 99-horse i-DTEC diesel with a 6-speed manual.

It is rumored to go on sale in early 2017 in developing markets such as South America and India.

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