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2017 Honda WR-V: Details Revealed (Update)

  • Mar 01, 2017
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Update (March 2): The Honda WR-V will launch on March 16, 2017

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Honda has revealed all the details about their all-new WR-V. The new crossover is based on the Jazz platform, but that's something we knew all along.

The WR-V looks big, and a measuring tape will confirm what your eyes see. It measures 3999mm long, 1734mm wide and 1601mm tall. That's an increase of 44mm in length, 40mm in width and 57mm in height compared to the Jazz. The wheelbase and ground clearance measure 2555mm and 188mm, respectively. That's a growth of 25mm in wheelbase and 23mm in ground clearance. At 354 litres, even the boot space has grown by nine litres.

With the bigger dimensions comes the problem of making U-turns and the WRV has a marginally larger turning radius compared to the Jazz. It measures 5.3m compared to the Jazz' 5.1m.

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The 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines from the Jazz have been carried over and come paired with a 5-speed and a 6-speed manual transmission, respectively. The 5-speed transmission is said to have revised gear ratios for better pull in the WRV compared to the smaller Jazz. The petrol engine makes 90PS of power at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4800rpm. The all-aluminium i-DTEC diesel engine produces 100PS of power at 3600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. This engine is known for its fantastic city drivability and fuel-efficient nature. On the flip side, the lightweight aluminium block isn't good at containing the diesel clatter and sounds crude, especially at idle. Honda says that it has worked on limiting the noise and vibrations from the engine with the WRV. In the bigger car, the fuel efficiency ratings have taken a nominal hit of 1.2kmpl with the petrol and 1.8kmpl  with the diesel engine. It now stands at 17.5kmpl and 25.5kmpl for the petrol and diesel engines, respectively. CVT found in the Jazz isn't available with the WR-V.

The bigger wheel wells are also filled up with larger 16-inch alloys wrapped in 195-section rubber.

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Noteworthy items on the WR-V's features list are a front centre armrest, push-button start, keyless entry, climate control, cruise control and an electric sunroof. It must be noted that the keyless entry, push-button start and cruise control are reserved for the diesel variant only.

The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is the same as the one seen on the latest Honda City. It gets 1.5GB of internal storage along with two microSD card slots, two USB ports and one HDMI port. The system also supports WiFi for Internet connectivity and MirrorLink to replicate compatible Android phones' screen on the larger display. It misses out on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are becoming more common these days. With the steering-mounted controls, you can control the music playback, take calls and even activate the voice control, which is said to be smart enough to understand Indian English accent effectively.

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On the safety side, ABS and dual airbags are standard on all variants of the Honda WRV. The Brake Override System prevents unintended acceleration if the accelerator pedal is pressed along with the brake pedal.

The car will launch in March with an estimated price tag of Rs 7 lakh for the base petrol variant and Rs 10 lakh for the top diesel variant.
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