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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.

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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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