After months of speculation and leaked information, the 2016 Honda WR-V based on the Jazz crossover got officially launched at the huge Sao Paulo International Motor Show that’s underway in Brazil.
Jazz is easily one of the latest hit models from the house of Honda and in an attempt to develop further on the success plan laid out by this variant, the WR-V has been launched. It is a crossover model designed to sit below the higher end HR-V and the CR-V models. Having multiple cars at different price points and sizes always prove successful for any automobile manufacturer. Honda is no different as they now have three different sized SUVs to pick from, catering to a multitude of audience.
The front fascia of the 2016 Honda WR-V boasts of a solid wing face the company is known for and they are equally complimented by large trapezoid reflector headlights. They are halogen lamps which are supposed to offer great visibility irrespective of lighting conditions as they are equipped with LED daytime running lights as well. The engine hood is much flatter in this new car when compared to the Jazz and a couple of prominent features that we could spot include the roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels and pseudo skid plates. The stylish new bumpers on the front and rear add up to the style quotient of the car.
Honda has some specific reasons to launch the WR-V in the Brazil auto expo. The rugged SUV was designed from the base primarily to cater to audience in the region who are keen on durability, comfort and affordability. It’s a practical design according to engineers who designed it. The car uses similar powertrains as the Jazz, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder flex fuel engine connected to a five speed manual gearbox system. Buyers can upgrade to a CVT if they like to.
During the auto expo, the company’s representatives confirmed that the 2016 Honda WR-V will go on sale in the first half of 2017 in Brazil. After the initial launch, it will be made available in different parts of South America. Being an expo focused on audience in the country, there was little information as to when or if this car would get launched in US, Europe among other regions. There is no word on the pricing of the vehicle but it is evident that Honda will be extremely competitive in this regard to create a stronghold in the market.