Japanese automaker Honda has recently introduced the all-new WR-V SUV for the Japanese market. Surprisingly, the new offering is none other than the Elevate model, which has been sold in India. The Honda Elevate made its global debut in India earlier this year and has been produced and exported from Honda’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. It is now making its way to its home market in Japan.
While the Japanese and Indian versions may look similar, there are significant differences between the two models. The Japanese-spec Elevate features a black interior with different upholstery options, whereas the Indian version offers brown and tan colors throughout the cabin. Additionally, the leather accents on the dashboard present in the Indian version have been omitted in the Japanese model.
The Japanese WR-V comes with a different touchscreen infotainment system and offers five monotone shades to choose from, compared to the seven monotone and three dual-tone shades available in India. Despite these distinctions, both versions share the same 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated i-VTEC engine, which generates 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. However, the Japanese model is only available with a CVT automatic transmission, while the Indian variant also offers a 6-speed manual option.
Moreover, the Japanese WR-V benefits from Honda Sensing, a suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). These features include a LaneWatch camera, reverse camera, collision mitigation brake, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping support system, auto high beam, parking sensors, and more.
Honda plans to release further details about the new WR-V in December, with sales set to begin in April 2024. The company has announced that the Japanese version will be priced from around 2 million Yen (approximately ₹10.99 lakh), which matches the pricing of the Indian Elevate model. The WR-V will compete against other SUVs in its segment, such as the Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and more.
Q: What is the name of the new Honda SUV for the Japanese market?
A: The new Honda SUV for the Japanese market is called the WR-V.
Q: Where was the Honda Elevate originally introduced?
A: The Honda Elevate made its global debut in India.
Q: What are the differences between the Japanese and Indian versions of the WR-V?
A: The Japanese WR-V has a black interior, different upholstery, and offers five monotone shades, while the Indian version features brown and tan colors, leather accents on the dashboard, and offers seven monotone and three dual-tone shades.
Q: What engine does the WR-V have?
A: The WR-V is equipped with a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated i-VTEC engine.
Q: What advanced driver-assistance systems does the Japanese WR-V have?
A: The Japanese WR-V features Honda Sensing, which includes a LaneWatch camera, reverse camera, collision mitigation brake, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping support system, auto high beam, parking sensors, and more.