Honda WR-V: Jacked-up Jazz revealed for South America

Honda WR-V:: Jacked-up Jazz revealed for South America

The 2017 Honda WR-V has been revealed this week at the Sao Paulo motor show, becoming the smallest model in the Japanese company’s SUV line-up.

First teased in a designer sketch last month, the WR-V has been designed and developed in Brazil for the South American market.

Looking at the WR-V, it is essentially a raised and beefed-up version of the Jazz light hatch, featuring a very familiar design, albeit with the obvious extra body cladding, higher ride height, along with unique L-shaped LED daytime-running lights.

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Other design features include a flatter bonnet, skid-plate treatments for the front and rear bumpers, roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.

When it launches in Brazil next year the WR-V will take on the Hyundai i20 Active – another baby SUV model that isn’t sold in Australia.

Honda is yet to reveal what powers its smallest SUV model, though it’s likely the 88kW/145Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Jazz will feature.

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Australia

When the teaser sketches were released last month, Neil McDonald, public relations manager for Honda Australia, told CarAdvice that there are no plans to bring the WR-V here – despite the growing demand for high-riding SUV models in Australia.

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

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