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Honda has released an official design sketch of the Honda WR-V compact SUV, which will make its world debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil next month. The WR-V is based on the Jazz hatchback and will slot in under the HR-V and CR-V in Honda’s crossover line-up.

The Japanese carmaker says that based on the research of its South American customers’ needs, Honda R&D Brazil developed the WR-V as a vehicle that realises both a “tough and urban” SUV design – which is popular among people who enjoy active lifestyles – and excellent utility within a compact body size.

The all-new WR-V will be introduced to Brazil and other countries in South America, where the SUV market is expanding. No mention of the rest of the world, yet.


Back in March, spyshots from the land of samba showed a Jazz-based crossover undergoing testing, and the WR-V name was speculated then. Think of the WR-V as a “Cross Jazz” in the vein of the Volkswagen Cross Polo and Hyundai i20 Active. Like that two, the WR-V comes with the usual cues for a more rugged look – roof rails, skid plates and black cladding on the lower body. This time around, Honda has given the “Jazz SUV” a unique face to better differentiate it from the donor car. The side profile is unmistakably Jazz.

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. This time around, Honda is using the “R-V” naming convention from its SUV range. By the way, WR-V stands for “Winsome Runabout Vehicle”.

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