You just can’t escape them at the moment, and most likely the foreseeable future too. That’s right – we’re talking about crossovers. It is the hottest segment in the motoring industry and a day doesn’t seem to pass without another one being revealed or in this case, teased. The latest manufacturer to reveal a sketch of an upcoming smaller family hauler is Honda. And from the image, we have to admit the WR-V looks alright.
The subcompact model - which will go up against the likes of the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport, two models that have enjoyed success in our region – is a bit like a Jazz (it shares the same platform) with a taller ride height and a more aggressively styled body. Destined for the South American and Indian market, the WR-V could just show up on our shores too and although Honda has not revealed any technical info about it just yet (it’ll probably have a 1.5-litre engine mated to a CVT) we reckon it would fit in over here quite well just going by the way it looks. Developed by the R&D team of Honda Cars Brazil, it features roof rails, skid plates, accentuated wheel arches and black cladding on the lower body which makes for a muscular appearance and will likely be designed for those looking for an affordable family car and in these trying times, it’d be a very welcome addition.
To be revealed at the 29th edition of the Sao Paulo motor show on November 8, the WR-V could be on sale as early as next year.