Honda has revealed initial specifications of its new WR-V, which was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show last November. The Honda Jazz based compact crossover is ready to make its Brazilian market debut in March before heading on to other South American markets later this year.
The WR-V is expected to launch in Asian markets by 2018
Honda says the “Winsome Runabout Vehicle” will offer all the necessary versatility of an SUV for urban use. For Brazil, the WR-V will be powered by a 1.5 liter i-VTEC FlexOne engine, which is paired with an Earth Dreams CVT unit equipped with a torque converter. With ethanol, it generates 116 hp at 6,000 rpm and 150 Nm of twist at 4,800 rpm, and when fueled with gasoline, output numbers are 115 hp at 6,000 rpm and 149 Nm at 4,800 rpm.
Inside, the cabin looks mostly identical to the Honda Fit, save for the dual tone fabric upholstery with brown contrast stitching and brown fabric door cards. Like the Fit, the WR-V also gets Magic Seats and a 363L boot volume. It does not, however, get the touch-sensitive automatic climate control or push button start.
According to Honda, the WR-V was developed based on the research of customer needs in South America, and the result is a “tough and urban” SUV design that also delivers in terms of practicality.
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The WR-V’s rear axle is based on that found on the HR-V, but has been redeveloped for the application here and brings high stiffness for increased comfort and handling. The SUV also features an electric power steering developed specifically for it, with a turning radius of 5.3 meters. It rides on dedicated 16-inch alloy wheels with the unique195/60 tires said to provide comfort and low vibration.
Series production of the WR-V will take place at Honda’s Sumaré factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. However the WR-V is expected to launch in Asian markets by 2018.