4 cylinder, DOHC i-Dtec 1498cc
4 cylinder, SOHC i-Vtec 1199cc
200Nm @ 1750rpm
Front: McPherson strut, coil spring
Rear: Twisted torsion beam, coil spring
Front: Disc (ventilated)
195/ 60 R16
To be announced
What is the one word used to define a Honda car that that has
utilised the platform from the Jazz model to become longer, has an increased
wheelbase and ground clearance and has very modern features that give a run for
its money to several of its competitors? Jazzier!
The new WR-V which comes in both petrol and diesel engine option (a
1.5L, i-DTEC, diesel and a 1.2L, i-VTEC, petrol engine) could give cars like
the Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo, the Mahindra
KUV 100 and several other compact SUVs and crossovers a stiff competition. Honda
has termed the WR-V as a 'Sporty Lifestyle Vehicle'. While the diesel engine is
quite peppy with a turbo that kicks in as early as 1500rpm, and liner power
delivery, the petrol engine seems to lose steam as the car is pushed into
higher gears. It seems a tad under powered.
Both the 1.5L diesel and 1.2L petrol which is being offered by Honda
on the WR-V deliver very good mileage figures. While Honda claims the diesel to
return 25.5kmpl the petrol will return 17.5kmpl. The diesel mill puts out
98.6bhp at 3600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The 1.5L i-DTEC diesel mill
has been mated to a 6-speed manual transmission which has a wider gear ratio
range and a high final gear ratio for improved fuel efficiency.
The 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine has been mated to a new 5-speed manual
transmission with a cross gear ratio and has lower gear ratios in comparison to
the 6-speed transmission. The final gear on this new transmission has been set
to a lower ratio for improved acceleration. The 1.2L, i-VTEC, engine puts out
88.74bhp at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4600rpm.
The difference between the top end diesel and petrol versions of the
WR-V is that while the diesel engine is mated to a six speed gear box, the
petrol engine is mated to a new 5-speed gearbox. As far as features are
concerned, the diesel car has a start stop button while it’s missing in the
petrol version. The diesel model also comes with cruise control buttons on the
steering wheel while this feature is missing entirely in the petrol version.
Honda has designed the WR-V
around a few key factors such as a high ground clearance, high seating stance,
maneuverable, compact exterior, spacious interiors, high quality interiors and
high fuel efficiency. The front fascia features a sharp headlamp cluster with
LED DRLs and positioning lamps, the rear gets a polygonal design for the tail
lamps which have been integrated into the boot lid. The front gets horizontal
lines, a wing faced grille design and an imposing bumper with oodles of plastic
cladding. The sides feature bold cladding all around with 16 inch alloys and
roof rails to enhance its macho appeal. Honda will be offering the WR-V in 6
different colour schemes.
The interiors of the new WR-V also get 2 colour themes -- Urban
Casual (Black & Bluish grey seat fabric) and Urban Sophisticated (Black
The Honda WR-V also features ample of storage spaces and cubby holes
along with some unique features like an adjustable driver side cup holder which
doubles up as a smartphone holder as well. The WR-V will also get a centre
armrest with a storage space designed to fit tablets and iPads and also gets a
USB plug in slot. Other features available on the new WR-V are USB input and
HDMI input apart from 12V power outlets. The crossover will offer consumers 363
litres of cargo volume as well which is a lot when compared to the current
The WR-V gets a 1st in segment electric one touch sunroof with a
pinch safety function, touch panel for the automatic climate control, an always
backlit multi information combination meter, Honda's new DigiPag which gets
inputs for 2 USB slots, 1.5GB internal memory, 2 Micro SD slots and 1 HDMI
The DigiPad setup also supports MirrorLink for smart phone
connectivity and an option for browsing the internet through WiFi connectivity.
The 17.7cm infotainment setup also features bluetooth hands free telephony and
smart phone integration along with voice commands. Other features include
cruise control and electrically adjustable, smart button start/stop and
The new Honda WR-V will be offered with ABS and EBD, Dual SRS front
airbags, multi angle rear parking camera and Intelligent Pedal (Brake over ride
system which gets activated if the accelerator and brake have been compressed
together, initiating the system to over ride the accelerator input and apply
only the brakes.
The WR-V will also get a new suspension setup which features an increased
wheelbase and tread for better stability, increased diameter of stabiliser for
improved roll stability, high rigidity of the lower arm and knuckle for better
handling dynamics. The WR-V features a McPherson Strut suspension in the front
and a Torsion Beam in the rear. This crossover will also get an electronic
power steering with adjustment available for rake and reach.
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