Honda is set to revolutionize the compact SUV market in Japan with the introduction of the WR-V, which made its global debut as the Elevate in India earlier this year. This move comes in response to the dominance of Hyundai Creta in the Indian compact SUV market. While the exterior design of the WR-V in Japan remains similar to the Indian Elevate, Honda has made significant changes to the interior, giving it a fresh and sleek appeal.
On Honda’s Japanese website, the WR-V is showcased with all-black interiors, featuring a black dashboard with piano black inserts instead of the leather finishes found in the Indian Elevate. This subtle modification enhances the overall aesthetic of the vehicle, catering to the discerning Japanese consumers.
The WR-V will be available in three trim levels – X, Z, and Z+ – and customers can choose from five striking color options, including Illumina Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Gold Brown Metallic, and Meteoroid Gray Metallic. Like its Indian counterpart, the WR-V in Japan will be equipped with a powerful 1.5 L i-VTEC engine and front-wheel drive.
While speculations were rife about the possibility of a hybrid version, Honda has not provided any indication of such a variant. Nevertheless, the WR-V is expected to deliver a similar power output as the Indian Elevate, providing an exhilarating driving experience.
This groundbreaking launch marks a significant milestone for Honda, as it is the first time a Honda car has debuted in India before making its way to Japan. It underscores the rapidly growing importance of the Indian market in the global automotive landscape, cementing its position as a trendsetter in the industry.
Q: What is the WR-V?
A: The WR-V is a compact SUV developed by Honda, initially introduced in India as the Elevate.
Q: What changes have been made to the WR-V’s interior for the Japanese market?
A: Honda has replaced the leather finishes with piano black inserts on the dashboard, giving the interior a sleek appearance.
Q: What are the available trim levels and color options for the WR-V in Japan?
A: The WR-V will be offered in three trim levels – X, Z, and Z+ – and customers can choose from five colors: Illumina Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Gold Brown Metallic, and Meteoroid Gray Metallic.
Q: Will the WR-V have a hybrid version?
A: Honda has not indicated the existence of a hybrid variant for the WR-V at this time.