The newest vehicle in the Honda portfolio in Japan is the WR-V, a low-cost B-SUV that sits beneath the Vezel. This model, which is Honda's first import from India into Japan, is almost exactly the same as the Elevate with Indian specs. There is no connection between the second-generation Honda WR-V that is currently available in Southeast Asian markets, such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, and the Japanese model.
Aside from the differing labels on the tailgate, the WR-V and Elevate are identical from the exterior. With a wheelbase of 2,650 mm, the B-SUV has dimensions of 4,312 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width, and 1,650 mm in height.
The new WR-V's more budget-friendly features, such as its glossy black inlays, harsh, scratchy plastic inside trim, and gray cloth seat upholstery, are all there to be seen. According to press photos, the WR-V boasts a roomy boot with a flat floor and a 458-liter capacity, as well as plenty of room for the back passengers.
It's interesting to note that the free-standing infotainment display and somewhat simplistic analog instrument cluster are paired with a unit that looks smaller than the 10.25-inch one of the Indian Elevate. Many ADAS will be included in the Honda Sensing suite of equipment.
The 1.5-liter naturally aspirated i-VTEC petrol engine with 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque is the only powertrain option shared by the Honda WR-V and the Honda City. A CVT gearbox that powers the front axle is installed on the vehicle. It's unclear if Honda would provide Japanese customers with the same 6-speed manual option that's offered in India.
In the spring of 2024, the Honda WR-V will be available in Japanese dealerships. Starting at less than $13,240, the WR-V will be significantly less expensive than the Honda Vezel, which has an electrified engine and a more upscale appearance.