Honda Jazz keenlight
Honda Jazz keenlight (representational image)Honda

Honda is all set o develop a Jazz-based crossover that is expected to be launched in India in early 2017. It seems the Japanese company has already commenced the testing for the new crossover. 

A report in QautroRodas says the crossover will be called the WR-V and the publication snapped the vehicle under camouflage on South American roads. The WR-V is internally called 2FM, and will be launched by January 2017. The WR-V will come with a SUV stance, and its premiere will be held at Sao Paolo Motor Show in Brazil in November 2016.

Previous reports say Honda is expecting a monthly average sale of 5,000 units of the new crossover, with production commencing in December. That number makes it clear the Japanese company is expecting volume sales from the new crossover. When launched in India, the WR-V will be pitted against the Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Avventura, Volkswagen CrossPolo and Toyota Etios Cross.

The WR-V is expected to carry over the same engine that of the Jazz hatchback. It packs the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers the Amaze and the Brio. It can generate power of 90bhp with a torque of 110Nm at 4,800rpm. The other engine, a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, can pump 100bhp of power and 200Nm torque.

Honda Cars India just launched the Amaze facelift. The Japanese company is all set to expand its line-up with the BR-V SUV, unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016. The BR-V will be launched by May-end, and the Accord and the City facelift will enter India in the festive season this year. The entry of WR-V has been scheduled afterwards.

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