Honda previews Latin America-bound WR-V crossover
Honda has published a teaser image that previews a new concept named WR-V.
The name WR-V stands for Winsome Runabout Vehicle, according to Honda. The concept takes the form of a small crossover positioned a notch below the HR-V in the Japanese company’s lineup. The sketch shows a tall front end that borrows styling cues such as a wide grille that stretches into a pair of sharp, elongated headlights from other members of the Honda lineup like the tenth-generation Civic and the brand new 2017 CR-V.
The WR-V is closely related to the Fit, so it’s reasonable to assume the two models are virtually identical under the skin. That means power comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine that generates 116 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque regardless of whether it’s burning gasoline or ethanol. The Fit is offered with all-wheel drive in Japan, but the WR-V is likely front-wheel-drive-only for cost reasons.
The Honda WR-V concept will make its official debut during the São Paulo Auto Show that will open its doors to the press on November 8th. And while it’s just a concept, Honda openly admits it will spawn a production model in the near future. However, it’s too early to tell whether the crossover will be sold outside of Latin America.