Honda WR-V might launch in March, exec hints at possible Civic update and Acura brand launch as well

We’d heard in November last year that the Honda WR-V crossover was headed to India. Recent reports now suggest that the vehicle is likely to make its India debut in March this year.

The WR-V is said to based on the Honda Jazz platform. However, as we noted earlier, the vehicle seems to take more of its design cues from the BR-V than from the Jazz.

The Hindu reports that the WR-V will debut at around Rs 6.5 lakh and is meant to compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza.

No details of the vehicle are known at this time, but it’s possible that it’ll carry the same engine options as the Jazz. This means that we might see a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission as well as an i-DTEC diesel engine with a 6-speed manual. The power output and torque figures of the two engines are 90PS/110Nm and 100PS/200Nm.

In other news, Honda Cars India President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno told reporters that they’re “overwhelmed” with the response for the new Honda City and that they have already received 5,500 bookings for the vehicle.

"We've decided to maintain our traditional positioning, which is a bit more premium though not luxury. So, we'd like to target customers a bit different from others in terms of products, service, and customer experience," he added.

A premium Civic for 2017 was also hinted at. He also hinted at the possibility of Honda’s luxury brand Acura coming to India.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Feb 20, 2017 09:14:12 IST