Honda has been reinventing itself in many ways, their 2017
facelifted Honda City stands testament to this fact. Stepping up their game for
the Indian market, Honda is soon to launch the new WR-V, a crossover which will
go up against the likes of the i20 Active, Etios Cross, Cross Polo and some
Like the new Honda City, the company will be offering the WR-V with
many functions and features to entice the Indian consumer. Their Indian R&D
department has been thorough in studying the requirements of consumers and has
worked in tandem with Honda R&D Co. Ltd. to establish a well rounded
concept. Honda has termed the WR-V as a 'Sporty Lifestyle Vehicle' and will
offer it with a 1.5L, i-DTEC, diesel and a 1.2L, i-VTEC, petrol engine.
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. In terms of design
Honda has given the WR-V a tough and robust look. 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
& Silver). Honda has utilised the platform from the Jazz to create the
WR-V, thus being able to increase length, wheelbase and ground clearance of the
WR-V. The crossover will offer consumers 363 litres of cargo volume as well
which is a lot when compared to the current segment leaders.
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 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
input. 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 retractable ORVMs.
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.
SAFETY & SUSPENSION
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
4 Cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC
4 Cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC
No. of Valves
Power (PS@ rpm)
Torque (NM @ rpm)
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl)*
5 Forward and 1 reverse
6 Forward and 1 Reverse
Dimensions & Weight
Overall Length (mm)
Overall Width (mm)
Kerb Weight (kg)
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
Boot Space (Litres)
Collapsible Electric Power Assisted
Turning Radius (m)
McPherson strut, Coil Spring
Twisted torsion beam, Coil Spring
Torsion Bar Type
Tyres & Wheels
16x6J Steel (S), 16x6J Alloy (VX)
Spare Tyre Size
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