The consensus is that crossover hatchbacks don’t work if they look too similar to their respective hatchback counterparts (essentially the ones they are based on). The Honda WR-V, on the other hand, manages to distinguish itself from the Jazz – so that’s step one done right. It will be launched on March 16, and is available to pre-book against a deposit of Rs 21,000.
Both petrol and diesel engine options will be available (just like on the Jazz – a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel). But it has a longer wheelbase, a slightly different interior (new colour trims inside), and a better safety features list – ABS and dual airbags to be standard across all variants.
And while it still is sub four-metre, the WR-V boasts a longer wheelbase, and (on the top-spec) larger wheels – 16-inchers, no less. There will also be a WR-V-exclusive paint choice, called Premium Amber, and increased ground clearance, at 188 mm. And let’s not forget, a segment-first sunroof, too!
The touchscreen navigation system, based on Android, comes with multiple connectivity options, including an HDMI (!) port, internal memory of 1.5 GB, and even Wi-Fi support. And if that’s not enough, there’s also cruise control (on the diesel version), and push-button start. But all that comes at the price of the hugely likeable Magic Seats.
Its major rivals include cars like the Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Avventura, and other sub-compact SUVs. Final prices will affect its success, but given Honda’s recent pricing was rather competitive, let’s hope same is the case with the WR-V.