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Honda ZR-V could be a sub-4-metre SUV to replace WR-V?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Honda Motor Company has filed a new patent name for a new sub-4 metre SUV named ZR-V the new small SUV is likely to be sold in the Japanese markets and is also being speculated to come to the Indian market. The ‘ZR-V’ moniker suggests that the small SUV is likely to be aligned and targeted towards a younger Gen-Z audience and is likely to be a crossover SUV. 

According to sources, the Honda ZR-V is speculated to share the platform from the Honda Amaze to keep the price in check and also enable it to be sold in other emerging markets. It is also believed to come to India as the next generation WR-V and may not carry the ZR-V moniker in the Indian market if the hypothesis turn out to be true.

Under the hood, the Honda ZR-V is speculated to be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine along with the option of a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine matched to manual and automatic gearbox options.

Honda in India is planning to launch the facelift model of the popular sub-compact crossover the WR-V as soon as health situations normalise in the country. The WR-V is underpinned by the Honda Jazz and the new WR-V facelift model receives new 3D inserts on the LED projector headlamp units, integrated LED daytime running lights, position lamps, refreshed inserts on the rounded foglights and updated tail lamps. 

The facelift WR-V retains other elements from the outgoing model such as the wheel arch plastic claddings, character line on its shoulder, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, silver roof rails, a one-touch electric sunroof and rock guards on the lower parts of the doors. 

The crossover is also likely to retain the interiors from the outgoing model and feature a centrally mounted 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity features, control mounted steering wheel, cruise control, push-button start/stop, analogue instrumentation with digital multi-information display, power-folding ORVMs etc.

If the brand plans to launch the new crossover SUV in India it is likely to come as a replacement to the Honda WR-V and rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Hyundai Venue in the Indian market.

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