The Japanese automaker is looking to beef up its crossover lineup with a new addition – set in below the bigger HR-V and CR-V and with the subcompact crossover scheduled for launch in South America in 2017.
Honda has apparently decided the SUV segment is still popular enough to warrant a new introduction, so here’s the WR-V, a subcompact model scheduled to compete popular choices such as the Renault Duster and the Ford EcoSport in South America, while in India it will rival the Fiat Urban Cross, VW Cross Polo, and the Hyundai i20 Active. We can say from the start this is a higher riding, better protected Jazz/Fit – with the teaser depicting a more rugged body that should help it go against the others in the challenging subcompact crossover market.
It shares the architecture with the supermini and in South America will come as the replacement for the Honda Fit Twist – and while there are no technical details regarding the model we can easily picture the car using the same powertrain combinations as the new generation Jazz/Fit. Targeting the affordable segment, it will most likely use just a front wheel drive platform – although the Fit in Japan can also be had in an all-wheel drive flavor. The WR-V will be officially presented in front of the audience on November 8 during the 29th edition of the International São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil.