Honda WRV – 1.5L petrol engine & automatic gearbox in the pipeline

When Honda Cars India launched the WRV compact crossover, we were really bummed off about the fact that despite being advertised and marketed as a smaller SUV, the WRV came with a puny 1.2-litre petrol engine from the Brio. Moreover, there was no automatic transmission option on offer, despite the fact that the Indian customer is slowly and steadily accepting automatic as the preferred transmission option. And if recent speculations are to be believed, the aforementioned limitations of the Honda WRV not only bothered customers & journalists but also troubled some folks at the company. As a result, Honda is soon expected to launch a new top-end trim of the WRV that will come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a CVT gearbox.

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We tried to verify this news from some known folks working at Honda’s Tapukara manufacturing facility, and the speculations do seem to be true. While the company hasn’t made an official announcement about the same yet, Honda engineers are currently working on mating the 1.5-litre iVTEC unit from the City, on to the WRV. In the City, this particular engine develops 120 PS and 145 Nm of peak torque. If Honda engineers manage to keep these output figures intact, the WRV 1.5 petrol will surely be a hoot to drive, with a power to weight ratio of 100 BHP per tonne.

Honda WRV sunburst orange rear

Another addition in the pipeline is the 7-step CVT gearbox that is found with the aforementioned engine in the Honda City sedan. The presence of this gearbox in the WRV will surely give a boost to the car’s city friendly image and thus prove to be an added feather in its package. It remains to be seen whether Honda offers the 1.5-litre petrol WRV with only the CVT gearbox or the MT unit is also on offer.

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The Honda WRV competes against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai i20 Activ and Toyota Liva Cross.

12 thoughts on “Honda WRV – 1.5L petrol engine & automatic gearbox in the pipeline

  • June 14, 2017 at 1:32 PM
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    Dear sir, Kindly use quality interior material whether it is of, plastic/ fibre or metal.
    Waiting to hear launching dates in India, because 1.2L is not powerful car to ride.
    Ground clearance should be verified before you launch.
    Thank you

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  • August 9, 2017 at 4:07 PM
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    1.5 with cvt is good . ground clearance must be increase. interior to be attractive. more colour to be introduced.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 12:58 PM
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    It was a terrible decision to launch WRV without the CVT gearbox. Terrible ! I cannot say how much I looked forward to buying it and was extremely angered and disappointed. Honda could’nt have made a major gaffe when all other companies introduce CVT even at the base model level.

    I hope and pray that these guys introduce CVT for ALL model and not simply stick it up at the top-line model. It’s about time. Cannot wait anymore. I want it on a “Yesterday” basis.

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    • September 5, 2017 at 3:40 PM
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      Eagerly waiting for wrv cvt launch in India

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  • August 31, 2017 at 5:39 PM
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    eagarly waiting for honda wrv -cvt

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  • September 5, 2017 at 4:18 PM
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    I am disappointed not to have WRV-CVT petrol variant. Get early roll out in the market by 2017 with more ground clearance.
    Enhance some more cosmetic in the interior. Remember, the price tag to get more sales.
    Why not you announce expected launching date in India, so that like me other HONDA lovers will not switch over to other brand CVT.
    Please Hurry ! Hurry !

    JCB

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  • September 5, 2017 at 4:34 PM
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    Don’t forget to add AC vent in the rear, in new variant of petrol CVT.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 12:43 PM
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    I am anxiously and seriously waiting for WRV Cvt in early 2018. Pls reveal the launching date. Otherwise customers will go for another brand. I hope and pray for a satisfied WRV automstic top end varient with rear A.c. and start/ stop push button and other common facilities like in other branded vehicles of same category.
    Waiting for your earliest response.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 1:59 AM
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    Waiting for automatic transmission as soon as possible or before diwali

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  • December 15, 2017 at 11:27 PM
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    Yes I am waiting for Honda WRV CVT TRANSMISSION, because I am basically handicap

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  • February 14, 2018 at 9:18 PM
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    Pls wrv fitted with 1.5ivtec in both MT nd cvt pls

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