Honda WR-V will move to a new platform and will become more like a crossover

Honda WR-V will move to a new platform and will become more like a crossover

July 24, 2018 0 By autotimesnews

According to unofficial data, the Japanese company has already started developing a compact SUV of the second generation.

Raised WR-V with an “off-road” body kit debuted at the end of 2016, in Honda it is positioned as a crossover. The model is based on the hatchback Jazz (in some countries – Fit), it is designed for emerging markets. Production of WR-V is established in India and Brazil. Sales of the cross began only last year, however, according to the Indian edition of MotorOctane, the company is already working on a crossover of the next generation.

The portal reports that the crossover can show in late 2019 – early 2020. The model is supposedly transferred to a new platform, which also underlies the Amaze sedan of the latest generation. On the same platform, apparently, will build a new Jazz / Fit – this model can change the generation in 2020.

It is expected that, like the current model, the length of the next WR-V will not exceed four meters (such cars in India are privileges), while the novelty will look more like a crossover in the traditional sense of the word than the predecessor. Salon, probably, will perform in the style of Amaze. The engine of the Indian version of the new WR-V can include a petrol 119-hp atmospheric 1.5 i-VTEC from another four-door sedan Honda – City. On a sedan this motor is combined with a variator.

The current Honda WR-V is offered in India with a petrol engine 1.2 i-VTEC (90 hp) and diesel 1.5 i-DTEC (100 hp). The first motor works in tandem with a five-speed manual gearbox, the second is equipped with 6-speed manual transmission. The drive is front only. The new WR-V version 4×4 also is unlikely to appear.

The cross of the current generation in India costs from 778,000 rupees. Last year, WR-V entered the TOP-30 of the most popular models of this country, taking the 25th place with the result in 40 124 sold cars. By the way, hatch Jazz in 2017 th sold in India in a circulation of 29,890 copies (26th line in the TOP-30).

In Brazil, the WR-V is presented with an engine 1.5 i-VTEC, which works on both gasoline and ethanol. In the first case, the power of the engine is 115 hp, in the second – 116 hp. Brazilians cross is only available with a variator and again only in front-wheel drive. The price is from 81 400 reals. In the Brazilian market, the situation with sales is different – the original hatch Fit (aka Jazz) is in much demand than the crossover: in 2017, 25 347 standard hatchbacks and 15 353 crossover were sold.