Honda Cars India Launches WR-V Compact SUV

Honda Cars India has launched its WR-V in India with prices starting at Rs 775,000 and going up to Rs 999,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The WR-V will be available in petrol and diesel variants, and is the first in its class to get an electric sunroof. The base diesel S MT variant gets a pricing of INR 8.79 lakh while the top spec diesel model VX loaded with segment best features is priced at INR 9.99 lakh (All prices ex-showroom Delhi).

The company said the new model is based on the Jazz platform and is the first to be developed by Honda R&D, India, along with Honda R&D, Japan. The sub-four-metre WR-V will compete with Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Brezza and Hyundai Creta, among others. There is no automatic variant now on offer. Around 90 percent of the parts of the vehicle are developed in India, Jnaneshwar Sen, senior vice-president (sales and marketing), Honda Cars India, told BloombergQuint.

This is the second SUV-type vehicle from Honda after it brought out the BR-V a year ago.

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The auto comes with various features like satellite linked navigation, smartphone connectivity, dual airbags, anti lock braking system, among others.

The WR-V seems to be very much similar to Honda Jazz in terms of design, but the company designers have worked really hard to ensure that similarities with Jazz should not be evident. The new City has received an overwhelming response with over 14,000 bookings till date.

Stay tuned as we bring you all the LIVE happening from the launch floor of the new Honda WR-V. The transmission in the petrol variant will be taken care of by a five-speed manual gearbox while the diesel model gets a six-speed gearbox.

Giving an account of Asia Oceania region, he said that countries like Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam posted robust growth while in India, the company faced "tough business environment". "From February, the sentiment has improved and so is the business", he said.