We look forward to it. The new Honda WR-V is on its way to becoming a global product, and slowly it continues to expand after being revealed in India at the beginning of the year and debuting in Japan recently. Now the B-SUV is preparing to cross the ocean and descend on our region. According to the Brazilian media, known internally as Project 3UT, it will be produced there around 2025, which will complement the access range of the Japanese brand, which also includes the City hatchback and sedan, where it shares a platform and other components.
Initially christened Elevate—the name under which it was manufactured and marketed in India—it was renamed WR-V for the Japanese market, taking advantage of the fact that this acronym is already known within the company’s portfolio and that it also follows the nomenclature of its products. SUV’s. The same will happen when it arrives in our region, replacing the previous WR-V derived from the Fit. To tell the truth, this model was actually created to take the place of the HR-V, which, due to its higher cost and technology, would be uncompetitive against its more accessible rivals in the Indian market, such as the Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Taigun, or Toyota Urban Hyrider. The Elevate has a simple, albeit rather attractive design, with straight lines and more square shapes than the Japanese firm’s global B-SUV. At the front, the large hexagonal grille and the thin, elongated headlights with chrome appliqué on top are visible. Its silhouette is quite square and somewhat reminiscent of the Nissan Kicks or Hyundai Creta, with a black roof that contrasts with the body. At the rear, the inverted L-shaped headlights above the tailgate stand out, as well as black plastic protection and an aluminum-colored appliqué under the bumper.
Inside, the strong and simple appearance is maintained, with rectangular air vents, analog and digital instruments with a 7” display, and a 10.25” floating tablet-type touch screen in the center console. To enhance its appearance, it has two-tone upholstery and covers. Considered to be the easiest proposal, it is fully equipped, with automatic climate control, sunroof, wireless charger, reversing camera, and even the Honda Sensing driving assistance package, with autonomous emergency braking, not voluntary lane change alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams.
Developed on the City platform, it is bigger than it looks, as it measures 4,312 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width, 1,650 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,650 mm, as well as a proper 458-litre engine. Surprisingly, in terms of dimensions, it is almost identical to the HR-V and yet has a longer wheelbase. The difference is in the equipment, finish, and level of sophistication.
So far, Honda has only confirmed that it will be sold with a 1.5 i-VTEC gasoline engine, although it has not revealed the power in Japan. However, this engine is the same as the City and delivers 122 HP and 14.8 kg of torque, coupled with a manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission.