Global launch of Honda compact SUV in August

Japanese automaker Honda has announced the presentation of a wide range of new cars and SUVs at GIIAS 2022 (Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show). The company will showcase an all-new SUV, which will be the production of the RS SUV Concept, at the automotive event. Rumored to be called the new generation Honda WR-V, the new model is expected to be unveiled on August 11-12, 2022.

The production version of the Honda RS SUV will compete with the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky models. These models are about 4.1 meters in Indonesia. The new WR-V is expected to be around 4.1-4.2 meters long and will share components with the City & the Amaze.

Before the official reveal, the new Honda WR-V has been leaked in the production avatar. The production version of the SUV looks largely identical to the concept; however, Honda made some changes. The new model has Honda’s traditional design language with crossover styling, with a tapered roofline and angular tailgate to deliver an SUV coupe-like profile.

The front fascia features sleek LED wraparound headlights, a rectangular-shaped grille with chrome treatment, and a chrome bar that runs above the grille and blends well with the sleek headlight cluster. The lower bumper has a wider air dam with a hexagonal pattern and LED fog lights on each side. The speckled model had the RS badge on the grille. It features a faux skid plate to provide a rugged SUV look.

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The rear features slim LED taillights and a slanted tailgate. The concept had a light bar connecting the taillights, which is now missing in the production model. It has more traditional wrap-around taillights. The vehicle features a roof-mounted spoiler, shark fin antenna, two-tone lower bumper and faux silver skid plate. The concept had 18-inch matte black finished alloy wheels; however, the production model is likely to come with 17-inch alloys.

Honda’s new compact SUV is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 121hp and 145Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic.

Honda’s new compact SUV is also set to debut in India in 2023. It will rival the Tata Nexon, Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and the Mahindra XUV300. It is likely to share engine options with the City sedan, which includes a 1.5L petrol and a 1.5L diesel. Honda could also add a 1.2L NA petrol engine with gearbox manual and automatic CVT.

Global launch of Honda compact SUV in August – New WR-V?