Honda-WR-V-Brazil

A Honda compact SUV based on the Jazz is currently undergoing tests in Brazil. The car is said to have the ‘Honda 2FM’ codename and is set to carry the ‘Honda WR-V’ production name, according to QuatroRodas. Unlike the Honda HR-V, which also sits on the Jazz and City platform, this upcoming ‘SUV’ won’t look very different from the B-segment five-door hatchback.

Think of the ‘WR-V’ as a “Cross Jazz” in the vein of the Volkswagen Cross Polo and Hyundai i20 Active. Expect the usual cues used to give regular hatchbacks a more rugged look – roof rails, skid plates and black cladding on the lower part of the car. It’s not a new concept, even for Honda – the Fit Twist, an ‘SUV’ version of the previous-gen Jazz, was unveiled for Brazil in 2012.

Word is that the Honda WR-V will make its debut at Brazil’s Sao Paulo Motor Show late this year, before heading to India in 2017. The premium-positioned HR-V is not sold in India, so the WR-V will come in below the seven-seat Honda BR-V in the subcontinent. In Brazil, the rugged Jazz could be powered by a flex-fuel 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine with manual and CVT options, but India could get a 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel.

GALLERY: Brazil-market Honda Fit Twist