Honda Trademarks WR-V Grille for Jazz Cross Model, Will Go on Sale in 2017

Honda Trademarks WR-V Grille for Jazz Cross Model, Will Go on Sale in 2017 3 photos
Photo: Gaadi Waadi
Honda WR-V renderingHonda WR-V grille
Proving that there is no such thing as having too many crossovers, Honda is looking to add another one. It's called the WR-V, and this is its front end... or part of it. The grille was recently trademarked in India, and we already know what it will attach to thanks to Gaadi Waadi.
The WR-V will be a cross version of the Fit subcompact, also known as the Jazz in some models. Now, the Fit is a relatively new car, and it even has a crossover sister car called the HR-V or Vezel. However, by basing its new crossover on the Fit, Honda can make it smaller and cheaper, both things that are useful in India.

The general ideology is similar to that of the Dacia Sandero Stepway, which has proven very popular, despite only being a raised hatchback. The formula can be made even smaller, as shown by the Opel Adam ROCKS and the Chevy Spark (Beat in India) Activ.

The WR-V will be launched in Brazil first, at the beginning of 2017. There, it will be powered by the Jazz’s i-VTEC FlexOne flex-fuel unit that produces 115 hp and 150 Nm of torque. In India, that might shrink down to a 1.2-liter, while the more expensive diesel variant will feature a 1.5-liter i-DTEC paired only to a 6-speed stick. For reference, we'll mention that the HR-V model sold in South America features a bigger 1.8-liter engine as its only powertrain option, competing on equal footing with the Jeep Renegade.

The debut will happen a little bit sooner than that, probably at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in November. There's not a lot else we know about the design, but as you can see, the grille has a honeycomb element. All cross models ever made also have black plastic guards and usually roof rails.
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