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Honda’s newest subcompact crossover is the WR-V

This is set to compete with the likes of the Toyota Raize

The RS variant has full LED lighting for its headlights, taillights, and turn signals. PHOTO FROM HONDA

Back in the early 2010s, Indonesia’s Low Cost Green Car category incentivized compact and fuel-efficient hatchbacks such as the Toyota Wigo and the Honda Brio with tax exemptions to make these vehicles more accessible.

However, fast-forward to 2022 and Honda Indonesia realized that consumers—specifically the younger generation—wanted crossovers for their sporty exterior, high ground clearance, and spacious interior along with modern tech.

That’s why the Honda WR-V was made, filling the gap in the manufacturer’s crossover lineup consisting of the CR-V, the BR-V, and the HR-V.

This should be enough space for the younger generation. PHOTO FROM HONDA

This subcompact crossover is powered by a 1.5-liter in-line-four producing 119hp and 145Nm transmitted to the wheels via a CVT. The car has a ground clearance of 220mm, resting on either 16- or 17-inch wheels for the Type E and RS variants, respectively.

Inside, you’ll find a 4.2-inch TFT display for the instrument cluster and a seven-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The rear has a trunk space of 380L to accommodate cargo for different lifestyles.

Honda's LaneWatch should help keep you aware of your surroundings. PHOTO FROM HONDA

Just because the WR-V is a subcompact crossover doesn’t mean it lacks high-tech features. The car can automatically lock the doors once the driver is 2m away, and the remote engine start allows the automobile to start the engine and the air-conditioning before occupants enter the vehicle.

A backing camera gives a 180° field of view when reversing, while Honda’s LaneWatch helps the driver keep track of blind spots. However, the latter isn’t standard as it’s only available on the RS variant with Honda Sensing.

Would you like to see the WR-V on Philippine roads? PHOTO FROM HONDA

As of now, the WR-V is available in Indonesia in three variants, all with a CVT. The Type E starts at Rp271,900,000 (P1,014,000), while the RS starts at Rp289,900,000 (P1,081,000). An option for Honda Sensing bumps up the starting price to Rp309,900,000 (P1,156,000).

Considering the similarities between the Philippine and Indonesian markets, the arrival of the WR-V here is not unlikely in the near future.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.