New Honda Jazz
Honda Jazz-based crossover WR-V: All we know so far. Pictured: New Honda Jazz rearhondacarindia/press

It is probably one of the worst kept secrets that Japanese auto-maker Honda is readying a new crossover based on the Jazz premium hatchback. While it was reported earlier that only diesel prototype was made for testing purpose, the latest reports also say that the petrol model is also in the making.

A prototype of the Jazz based crossover codenamed 2FM has already been sent to Japan for testing. The 2FM will reportedly be monikered as WR-V when launched. The crossover is expected to make its debut in India in 2017.

In India, the upcoming jazz-based crossover WR-V is expected to be pitted against Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Avventura, Volkswagen CrossPolo and Toyota Etios Cross. Under the hood, the new WR-V is likely to get the same engine as that of the Jazz. The Jazz is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that can generate power of 90bhp with a torque of 110Nm at 4,800rpm and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, that can pump in 100bhp of power and 200Nm torque.

As for styling, expect the new Jazz crossover to flaunt crossover traits such as roof rails, skid plate, body cladding and more.

The WR-V would be and is expected to make its debut at Sao Paolo Motor Show in Brazil in November 2016. Honda 2FM aka WR-V will be reportedly manufactured at the company's Takapura plant in Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, Honda is celebrating the first anniversary of the third-generation premium hatchback, the Jazz, in India. The Jazz accounted for 26 percent of total sales of Honda in the past 12 months. Honda Jazz rivals Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 in India.

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