In an event in New Delhi, Japanese car maker, Honda Car India has launched the company’s latest crossover – Honda WR-V in India at a starting price tag of Rs. 7.75 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Honda WR-V available in 6 colour options: Premium Amber Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic and Golden Brown Metallic. The base variant of Honda WR-V cost Rs 7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the top-end variant cost Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Japanese car maker opened the bookings of Honda WR-V last month across Honda dealerships at an amount of Rs. 21,000 and the delivery are expected to start from this week. India is the first market in the world that gets the Honda WR-V and later on the car will be launched in other markets. For your information, the Honda WR-V is the first ever model in the sub-4 metre SUV segment and it will be positioned between the Honda Jazz and the Honda BR-V.
The Honda WR-V has been designed and developed by the company’s Indian R&D team with the inputs from the global R&D team. The design and styling of the car is refreshing and it borrows the design from other Honda’s crossovers lineup like BR-V, Jazz & upcoming new CR-V. In addition to this, the Honda WR-V shares some components from these cars and the cabin is largely similar to the Honda Jazz. When compared with the Honda Jazz, the Honda BR-V gets 25mm larger wheelbase and more cabin space. The Honda WR-V measures 3995mm in length, 1734mm in width and 1601mm in height. The ground clearance is of 188mm.
When compared with Honda Jazz, the Honda WR-V crossover comes with some changes and looks better. One of the noticeable change you will find is on the front, the front fascia comes with redesigned front bumper, new projector headlights, thick chrome grille, a contrasting scuff plate, a sculpted bumper and new headlights with daytime running LEDs. Rear-end design too has been modified and comes with new L-shaped-tail lamps, bumper, tailgate and faux leather skid plates. The side profile of the car comes with wrap-around black plastic body cladding and new 16-inch alloys diamond cut alloy wheels.
The Honda WR-V looks premium and come with number of features like 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that debuted on the Honda City 2017 & it comes with navigation, Wi-Fi and 1.5GB internal memory storage, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB slots, one HDMI in-slot, Mirror Link for smartphone connectivity and reverse camera with a multi-view layout – for wide, normal and top views. The Honda WR-V comes with boot space of 363-litre and it can be achieved by folding up the rear seats. In addition to this, other salient features are cruise control, electronically retractable sunroof and engine start/stop button. Safety-wise, across the range, the Honda WR-V gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD as standard.
The Honda WR-V comes in two grade variant – S & VX with the option of 1.2-litre & 1.5-lite diesel engine. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol engine that produces 90BHP of maximum power and 110Nm of peak torque. While the 1.5-litre iDTEC diesel engine produces 100 BHP of maximum power and 200NM of peak torque. Transmission duties on diesel engine carried out by a 5-speed manual gearbox while in the petrol engine, the transmission duties carried out by 6-speed manual gearbox, there is no update on the CVT automatic variant. The Honda WR-V delivers a mileage of 25.5kmpl for the diesel variant while for the petrol variant, it delivers 17.5kmpl.
At such a price tag, the Honda WR-V will compete with Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, Fiat Avventura, Volkswagen Cross Polo, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Mahindra KUV100.
|Variant||Price in INR|
|Diesel VX MT||9,99,900|
|Diesel S MT||8,79,000|
|Petrol VX MT||8,99,000|
|Petrol S MT||7,75,000|
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Noriake Abe, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania), Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said:
“The WR-V is an all-new premium model in the Honda family and features the brand’s global DNA. Based on Honda’s most successful platform worldwide, WR-V has the best of Honda technology and design. India is the first country to manufacture and launch the Honda WR-V in the world which I a testimony to Honda Motor Company’s commitment to the Indian market.”
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, President, and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd. said:
“The fast-evolving Indian market has shown strong demand for compact vehicles that are stylish, comfortable and have premium features. With the launch of the Honda WR-V, we would like to provide joy for recreational usage and comfortable driving for daily use in the city for customers in India. We are confident that WR-V will help us to fortify our premium image in all segments.”
“We are extremely thankful to our customers in India for their faith in the brand.”