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After a series of teasers, the Honda WR-V makes its official debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil. Essentially a crossover based on the company’s popular Jazz, the WR-V slots under the HR-V and CR-V in the company’s line-up.

The “Winsome Runabout Vehicle” wears the Honda Solid Wing Face above the grille, accompanied by a set of trapezoidal-shaped, halogen reflector headlamps, which feature L-shaped LED daytime running lights.

Other stand out styling elements here include a new and flatter engine hood, pseudo skid plates, roof rails, a raised ground clearance, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear taillights are also redesigned to a two-piece unit, encroaching into the liftgate. New bumpers, front and rear, are also part of the rugged makeover here.

According to Honda, the WR-V was developed based on the research of customer needs in South America, with company’s Brazilian R&D department realising a “tough and urban” SUV design that also delivers in terms of practicality.

No mention of what powers the crossover, but it should employ the Jazz’s powertrain – a 1.5 litre four-cylinder flex-fuel engine paired to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, or even the HR-V’s 1.8 litre unit. Nonetheless, the company promises “outstanding fuel economy and stable handling performance.”

The WR-V will go on sale in Brazil by the first half of 2017, with the rest of South America set to receive the model as well. Rivals include the Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, and the Volkswagen Cross Polo.