The long-awaited new Honda WR-V 2023 will make its global debut in Indonesia tomorrow. The new compact SUV based on the Honda SUV RS concept will challenge the Toyota Raize, Daihatsu Rocky, Nissan Magnite and Kia Sonet. It will be based on the same platform as its older sibling, the new Honda BR-V.
In terms of styling, the new Honda WR-V 2023 shares design cues from larger Honda SUVs, including the BR-V and HR-V. According to leaked spy images, the front fascia of the new model combines a Brio and BR-V, and the headlamp unit appears to be inspired by the All-New Honda Civic. The rear design shares the styling cues of the new HR-V. It comes with a more traditional front grille with chrome stud RS treatment similar to the new HR-V RS. There’s a roof integrated spoiler, 3D-style taillamps with an inverted L-shaped LED signature and silver trim on the diffuser.
Indonesian media reports that the Honda WR-V 2023 will be available in two trims: E and RS with different wheels. The interior of the new compact SUV is highly likely to be shared with the new BR-V and city sedan. It is expected to include a larger touchscreen infotainment system with wireless connectivity, connected car technology, a multifunction steering wheel, a semi-digital instrument cluster, automatic AC with rear AC vents, an electric sunroof and more.
The all-new Honda WR-V 2023 is expected to be powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces 121 PS of output and 145 Nm of torque. Transmission choices will likely include a six-speed manual and a CVT automatic. This is the same powertrain that powers a city sedan. The company could also offer a powerful hybrid powertrain with the new WR-V.
The all-new Honda WR-V will also hit the market as an SUV of less than 4 meters. The Indonesian specification model is about 4.1 m long. Honda could also offer a 1.5L Atkinson cycle engine with powerful hybrid technology called e:HEV. The Indian spec model will also likely get a 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine with manual and CVT gearboxes.