Honda reportedly has plans to introduce a CVT along with 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine to the WR-V; will work alongside the current 1.2 gasoline unit
Honda Car India plans to introduce a larger petrol engine to its latest offering WR-V. The new petrol engine is the 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit available in the Honda City sedan. The Honda WR-V will also receive a CVT gearbox along with the new engine.
Currently, this Jazz-based crossover comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel unit. No automatic or CVT transmission is on offer. No wonder, with the introduction of the new petrol engine with CVT will enhance the crossover’s appeal further. In the facelifted Honda City sedan, the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Also, there is a CVT on offer with paddle shifter, available only on VX and ZX trims.
The Japanese automaker believes that some customers think 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood of the WR-V is underpowered and they would love to see the more powerful engine being offered. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine in Honda City kicks out 117 PS of peak power at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4,600 rpm. On the other hand, the 1.2-litre petrol motor under the WR-V’s hood generates 89 bhp of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque at 4,800 rpm.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine equipped Honda WR-V will challenge the Ford EcoSport 1.0-litre EcoBoost, Fiat Avventura and Fiat Urban Cross. Honda believes, with the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine under the hood, the WR-V will be able to lure the customers of the Volkswagen Polo GT and Maruti Baleno RS as well, thanks to its bold design and practicality.
Honda WR-V comes with a premium appearance following the Japanese brand’s latest strategy for Indian market. Being based on the Jazz premium hatchback, the crossover bears several design elements from its sibling. While the exterior of the car portrays a chunky, aggressive look, inside the cabin it gets pretty upmarket design and features. Priced between Rs. 7.75 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), it comes as a very attractive model in the compact crossover segment.
Source: Autocar India