Honda WR-V launched in Mumbai

Honda WRV launched in Mumbai

We were waiting for Honda’s offering in the sub 4-meter compact SUV segment for long time now. And here is the Honda WRV. It is quite frankly late to the party, but the amount of efforts that Honda R&D India have put in along with Honda R&D Japan is commendable. For starters, they have given the WRV its own unique look. The front and the rear of the WRV have been given a differentiable character. The buffed up look is definitely not ugly, in fact it feels like a refreshed design style compared to that of the Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. The design of the WRV keeps growing on you, the more you look at it.

The late entry is also justified by the fact that Honda didn’t want to just add some plastic cladding to the Jazz and sell it like a compact SUV, which is the feeling one gets from the Hyundai i20 Active, the Volkswagen Cross Polo, and the Toyota Etios Cross – all of which look almost like the car they are based on.

The WRV has been extensively worked upon. It has larger dimensions, a slightly larger boot, and a tad better ground clearance compared to the Jazz. See the table below:

  Honda Jazz Honda WR-V
Length 3955 mm 3999 mm (+ 44 mm)
Width 1694 mm 1734 mm (+ 40 mm)
Height 1544 mm 1601 mm (+ 57 mm)
Wheelbase 2530 mm 2555 mm (+ 25 mm)
Ground Clearance 165 mm 188 mm (+ 23 mm)
Boot Space 354 L 363 L (+ 9 L)

The WRV’s suspension is not the same as the one in Jazz, and is designed give greater roll stability and improved rigidity for better handling performance. It has the Mac-Pherson strut front suspension and the Twisted torsion beam rear suspension.

It shares its engine with the Jazz – the 1.2L Petrol and 1.5L Diesel, but they have been tuned to work the best with the extra 50 kg that the Jazz gained to become the WRV. The petrol engine comes with a 5-speed Manual Transmission and the Diesel engine comes with a 6-speed Manual Transmission. There are no automatic variants available and Honda does not plan to offer them any time soon. The numbers are as follows:

1.2 litre i-VTEC Petrol
1.5 litre i-DTEC Diesel
Max Power
90 PS @ 6000 RPM 100 PS @ 3600 RPM
Peak Torque
110 Nm @ 4800 RMP 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed manual
Mileage (ARAI)
17.5 KMPL 25.5 KMPL

It will be an easier choice to make here since there are only two variants  (S and VX) in both the Petrol and Diesel offerings to choose from.

Safety features

  • Dual SRS front Airbags,
  • Anti-lock Braking System & Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACETM) Body Structure
  • Impact mitigating front head rest
  • Pedestrian injury mitigation technology
  • Intelligent Pedal (Brake Over Ride System)
  • Multi-angle rear view camera with guidelines (VX only)

Unique features

  • First-in-segment Electric Sunroof with One-Touch Open/Close Function with Auto Reverse  (VX only)
  • R16 Alloy Wheel design [with Gunmetal finish (VX only)]
  • Silver Finished Roof Rail Garnish
  • Climate Control with Touch Control panel.
  • 17.7cm Advanced Infotainment with audio, video, and navigation system called Digipad which is the one seen in the recently launched 2017 Honda City. (VX only)
    • It also has an in-built Satellite linked Turn-by-turn Navigation
    • My storage Internal Media Memory of 1.5GB
    • Mirror Link support for smart phone connectivity
    • Internet access for browsing, email and live traffic via optional WiFi Receiver
    • Voice Commands for Media, Navigation and Calling
    • MicroSD Card slots from Maps and Media
    • HDMI ports (2)
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Telephone and Audio streaming
  • AM/FM Digital Radio Tuner, MP3/WAV, i-Pod™/i-Phone™

Other features

  • Day time Running LEDs
  • Front Fog Lamps (VX only) & LED High Mount Stop Lamp
  • Turn Indicator on ORVM (VX only)
  • Steering mounted controls for HFT, Audio, Voice command (VX only) and Cruise control (Diesel Only)
  • One Push Start/Stop Button with white and red illumination (Diesel only)
  • Cruise Control (Diesel only)
  • Honda Smart Key System with Keyless Remote (Diesel only)
  • Front Centre Armrest with Storage Console (VX only)
  • Power Steering (EPS) – Tilt and Telescopic

Availability of the Honda WRV

Deliveries will begin immediately from the Honda’s dealer network of 336 facilities in 224 cities across the country. The Honda WRV will offer complete peace of mind with 3 years / Unlimited Kilometers warranty as standard benefit to the customer. Additionally, customers can opt for Extended Warranty for another two years / Unlimited kilometers for extra peace of mind. You can go book one for yourself now or even book a test drive today! Do let me know if you plan to do so!

Colors Options & Pricing

The Honda WRV is available with a choice of 6 color options: Premium Amber Metallic (New & Exclusive), Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic and  Golden Brown Metallic

This is the pricing announced for Delhi and Navi Mumbai

Variant Price in INR
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
Price in INR
(ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai)
Diesel – VX – MT 9,99,900 10,06,900
Diesel – S – MT 8,79,000 8,86,900
Petrol – VX – MT 8,99,000 9,06,000
Petrol – S – MT 7,75,000 7,82,000

Should you be buying the Honda WRV?

Are you considering the Jazz? Do you want a compact SUV that’s different looking and comes the assurance and service quality of Honda? The WRV is for you. Looking for a car bigger than a hatchback, smaller than a sedan, offering the compactness of the Jazz and the comfort of the City? The WRV is for you.

If you have any questions then do let me know.. I will try to answer them! Leave you questions in the comments below or email me on sid@thebestcarblogever.com and I’ll get back to you!

P.S. The WRV is below the CRV and the BRV. Honda, why did you not name it the ARV ??

My #HangoutWithHonda Experience

The #Experience before the #HangoutWithHonda
Fri, Nov 8, 2013, 21:15

I was going through the usual round of checking my mail, that’s when I saw a mail that I should have had expected earlier in the day. I had completely forgotten that I had given out my email id the previous night to a person who contacted me through my blog’s Facebook page for some auto event.

#HangoutWithHonda
#HangoutWithHonda

I had received an invite for an experiential drive with Honda! So I was reading it and checked for further details. When was it going to happen? Nov 9. Where was it going to happen? Drive from Navi Mumbai to Lo.. Wait A Minute!! Nov 9! The day was to start in another three hours! (I say so because no time was mentioned in the Invitation)

I went to dad with my laptop, asked him to stop all his work and just listen to me! I showed him the invite and said that I wanted to go. He said no because I was gonna be on my own with unknown people, that too far away from home.. “You don’t even know whether they are real or fake!”.

Before I could speak up, I got my answer. And the real reason, I had college to attend for some placement training also the next day.

21:30

I calmed a bit, thought about the whole situation, weighed in all the profits & loss I would make depending on the decision I would take.
I had to deal with this situation now! I asked my dad if I could at least call up the person who mailed me the invite and get a few more details, what’s going to happen, what would I have to do, etc.

21:40

I got all the details & then had a 15-min long discussion with mom & dad, since this was the first time I got an invite to some event like this (because you guys read my blog so lovingly! Thank you friends! 🙂 ) and I was gonna be on my own for the next day, IF they said yes.

22:00

Everything went well, I finally got the approval! 🙂 I was super-excited now! So I called back and confirmed that I would join them. So did a quick review of what I would carry along tomorrow & then packed my bag. I went to bed early too (I don’t usually! 😀 )

The #HangoutWithHonda Experience
Sat Nov 9, 2013, 06:00 :

I was up early today and was waiting for my pickup car to come & take me to Hallmark Honda, Navi Mumbai, from where the journey would start.
I got  picked up at around 06:30 & reached the assembly area around 07:30.

07:30

Getting Ready!
Getting Ready!

All the CARS were getting ready for the drive. The CARS were being numbered, stuffed with some food for the journey, some goodies, the itenary, first aid kit, map to the destination.

09:00

It was scheduled to start at 08:00 hrs, but we finally got allotted our cars & started our journey by 09:00 hrs. And so we began our journey towards Aamby Valley City, Lonavala (our destination) in  our cute-blue Honda Amaze (diesel)!

Yep! That cute blue Amaze #2 :)
Yep! That cute blue Amaze #2 🙂

We were briefed regarding the competition among the 11 Honda CARS (7 Amaze & 4 Brio), where the four teams with the best mileage from the four categories Amaze Petrol, Amaze Diesel, Brio MT & Brio AT, would win! 🙂

(click on the above & below images to enlarge)

With me in the car were Deepak Amembal [@magic_eye] and Rohit Sane [@rohitsane].

Before reaching Aamby Valley, we took various halts, and one at the Tiger Hills point

Here are the journey pics:

We then continued our journey & reached our destination around 12:30 hrs.

Aamby Valley City!
Aamby Valley City!
Vrooom!
Vrooom!
#HangoutWithHonda
#HangoutWithHonda

We were joined here by the officials from Honda, who then did a presentation on Honda, what they do, the Amaze, the Brio, the diesel engine, etc. Here’s the video that we got to see over there. Do watch it!!

We broke out for lunch and then it was followed up with a bunch of games with the Honda CARS! Yep, two different games, one where we had to make an ‘8’ with the Brio followed by a reverse park to complete the track. Winners were decided based on the time taken to complete it.

The other game was kind of similar, we had to create an 8 again with the Amaze and do a straight reverse back to the starting line to finish the track. And here’s the twist, the Amaze would have a bucket securely taped in place, filled with water, on top of it. Winners were decided based on the least amount of water spilled, followed by the least amount of time taken.

We didn’t win either of the two games… But we did win the best mileage competition in the Amaze Diesel category! 😉 It was a truly Amaze-ing experience!! Thank You Honda!! 🙂

That's me on the right with the Amaze and Rohit!
That’s me on the right with the Amaze and Rohit!

#HangoutWithHonda Sneak Peak

#HangoutWithHonda - Honda Amaze Diesel
#HangoutWithHonda – Honda Amaze Diesel

TBCBE had been on a #HangoutWithHonda all the way to Aamby Valley City, Lonavala on November 9. All the experiences and the fun will be here soon in another blog post till then here is a sneak peek! 😉 Enjoy! 🙂