The Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil has also accommodated the introduction of the smallest SUV from the Japanese automaker – the WR-V, with deliveries scheduled for the first part of next year.
CEO Takahiro Hachigo has also revealed during the introduction that their latest model – the WR-V – has been developed specifically for the South American continent, reconfirming the region’s importance for the automaker. The model will square off with the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster, and has been developed starting from the Fit – though with its unique styling cues such as the massive headlights with incorporated LED daylight running lights. A chromed hexagonal front grille is also joined by small air intakes in the bumper and round fog lamps – the rear end is a regular Honda affair with L-shaped taillights and a sporty diffuser in the bumper.
There are no technical details out yet, with the company adding the model is a “tough and urban” SUV design, packing “excellent utility and a spacious cabin within a compact body size,” “outstanding fuel economy,” and “stable handling performance.” But since it’s based on the Fit (Jazz in other markets), we could see the same 1.5-liter petrol engine with 116 horsepower (87 kilowatts), linked to a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT.