Honda has revealed initial specifications of its new WR-V, which was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show last November. The compact crossover – based on the Jazz – is slated to make its Brazilian market debut in March before heading on to other South American markets later in the year.

The automaker says the “Winsome Runabout Vehicle” – which measures in at four metres long, 1.73 metres wide and 1.6 metres tall, with a 2.55 metre-long wheelbase – will offer all the necessary versatility of an SUV for urban use. Relevant figures include a 207 mm running height and good angles of approach and departure, at 21º and 33º respectively.

For Brazil, the WR-V will be powered by a 1.5 litre i-VTEC FlexOne engine, which is paired with an Earth Dreams CVT unit equipped with a torque converter. With ethanol, the mill generates 116 hp at 6,000 rpm and 150 Nm of twist at 4,800 rpm, and when fueled with gasoline, output numbers are 115 hp at 6,000 rpm and 149 Nm at 4,800 rpm.

According to the company, the WR-V was developed based on the research of customer needs in South America, and the result is a “tough and urban” SUV design that also delivers in terms of practicality.

The WR-V’s rear axle is based on that found on the HR-V, but has been redeveloped for the application here and brings high stiffness for increased comfort and handling.

The SUV also features an electric power steering developed specifically for it, with a turning radius of 5.3 metres. It rides on dedicated 16-inch alloy wheels and tyres designed for it, with the unique195/60 tyres said to provide comfort and low vibration.

Inside, the cabin largely resembles that seen on the Jazz, though Brazilian buyers will have two trim colour options to pick from, in this case black/silver and black/orange. The brand’s Magic Seat system – badged for that market as ULTRa Seats (Utility Long Tall Refresh) – is to be found.

Series production of the WR-V will take place at the automaker’s Sumaré factory in Sao Paulo, which also builds the Civic, HR-V, City and Jazz (known as the Fit in that market) for Brazil.