Honda in India has launched the facelifted WR-V, a Jazz-based crossover scheduled to arrive in South Africa towards the end of 2020.

 

In India, the updated model is offered with the choice of two powertrains. The first is the Japanese firm’s naturally aspirated 1,2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which offers 66 kW and 110 N.m (yes, just like the Jazz) to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox.

 

The second is a 1,5-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel unit, worth 74 kW and 200 N. m (the latter from 1 750 r/min). The oil-burner drives the front wheels via a six-speed manual cog-swapper.

 

This mid-cycle update – the original WR-V hit initial markets in 2017 – brings a new grille, updated head- and taillamps, revised foglamps and fresh 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, Honda says the facelifted WR-V offers a “spacious, comfortable cabin” with new seat upholstery and added chrome-effect trim.

 

In India, the WR-V features items such as a one-touch electric sunroof, a start-stop button, keyless entry and an infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality) run through a seven-inch touchscreen. Safety features in that market include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.