Last year Honda had revealed their plans to launch the Jazz based crossover, WR-V in 2017 in India and will try to enter the segment of sub-four meter compact SUVs. Now, Honda has revealed the specifications of this rugged offering which will be positioned above of Jazz and will share the price bracket with sub-four meter SUVs. This positioning of WR-V will make it a rival of the most popular sub-four meter SUV, Maruti Vitara Brezza which is the largest selling SUV in India. It is currently facing major competition from other rivals and WR-V will soon become its newest rival. Will the new Honda offering be able to shake the strong foothold of Brezza in our market? Let us find out as we compare both vehicles in this article.
Dimension and Styling
In terms of styling, the WR-V will share the basic design and body with Jazz while the styling elements will add SUV styling. Moreover, the WR-V will be longer and wider than Jazz to achieve the rugged compact SUV look. The WR-V will get projector headlamps, bigger front grille with a thick chrome bar on it just as the BR-V and a skid plate at bottom. The side profile will see all around black cladding, bigger 16-inch wheels and wheel arches while the doors and windows will be same as the Jazz. The rear profile will include re-positioning of number plate on rear bumper and the rear bumper will also get a skid plate for the rugged look.
The WR-V is even longer than Brezza with a length of 3999mm while it has a width and height of 1734mm and 1601mm respectively while the Brezza measures 3995mm, 1790mm, 1640mm in length, width and height respectively. The WR-V has a ground clearance of 188mm while the Brezza stands 10mm higher than the WR-V. The Brezza comes standard with 15-inch wheels and rides on 16-inch wheels in its top variant while the WR-V will come standard with 16-inch wheels. The increased length of WR-V results in longer wheelbase as well. The WR-V with a wheelbase of 2550mm exceeds the wheelbase of Brezza by 50mm.
Interior and features
The WR-V will share the basic interior lay out with the Jazz which means there will be lot of space for all passengers and it will surely be a more comfortable vehicle than Brezza in terms of leg and knee room. Moreover, the WR-V will come equipped with all modern features to give a tough fight to Brezza. Both vehicles will be offered with features such as electric power steering, power windows, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, automatic climate control, MID, keyless entry with push button start/stop, front fog lamps, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, rear parking sensors with camera, touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, Navigation system and steering mounted control, front fog lamps, rear de-fogger, wiper, alloy wheels, front and rear centre armrest, ABS and front dual airbags.
Additionally, the WR-V will offer first in class electric sunroof, touch panel for the auto climate control, mirror link connectivity for the infotainment system which will be bigger in size, multi-angle rear view camera and cruise control in diesel version.
The WR-V shares its engine line-up with the Jazz which means it will come with a 1.2L, 89bhp petrol engine and a 1.5L, 99bhp diesel engine. The petrol engine will come standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox with no option of CVT while the diesel unit will get a six-speed manual gearbox. The Brezza is currently only available with a diesel engine which is the tried and tested Fiat sourced, 1.3L, Multijet diesel engine which churns out a peak power and torque output of 89bhp@4000rpm and 200Nm@2000rpm respectively. The Brezza comes only with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Despite having a more powerful diesel engine than the Brezza, the WR-V will have a claimed mileage of 25.5km/ltr which is 1km/ltr higher than the claimed mileage of Brezza.
The WR-V is a very promising product and yes it has been developed keeping all points in mind from a buyers point of view. It looks sporty, has spacious interiors, advanced features, powerful and fuel efficient engines. Surely the Brezza is enjoying the monopoly as of now and is undoubtedly the king of this segment thanks to its typical SUV looks, spacious and feature rich interiors, fuel efficient diesel engine but Honda made sure they are better in some of the concerned areas and that will surely be the biggest USP for WR-V. If Honda can undercut the Brezza in terms of pricing than WR-V stands a very good chance and may become a strong contender in the segment of compact SUVs because it is not just any crossover.
By- Sunil Kumar