Honda has just released the first official image of the new WR-V. Intended to be an entry-level crossover in Brazil, where it will be revealed at the São Paulo Motor Show, in November, the WR-V will be a taller Honda Fit with different front and rear-ends. Check the original image below.
The WR-V is meant to be a replacement for the former Honda Fit Twist, which was a Fit with tougher looks, such as black wheel arch frames and other details. Although the changes were merely cosmetic, the derivative sold really well in Brazil. The Honda HR-V, a model that shares its platform with the Fit, as well as the City sedan, is much more expensive than the hatchback. There was a clear gap in the market that Honda decided to fill not with a different Fit trim, but with a new model. Compare it with the current Fit, also named Jazz in Europe.
The WR-V seems to be exactly the same car when it relates to the door design and side creases. The hood will be different, as well as headlights and front bumper. According to early reports, the back of the WR-V will also present new tail lights and very likely a new tail gate. But these will probably be all the changes when compared to the Fit apart from a higher ground clearance, necessary to face the bad tarmac in Brazil, and beefier and more resistant tires.
Although initially aimed at the Brazilian market, the WR-V can also be sold in North America (Mexico is certainly going to receive it), Europe and probably Asia.