Honda’s New RS Concept SUV Can Be Called Next-Gen WR-V? Here Are The Features You Should Know
Honda is reportedly going to unveil the production version of the Honda RS SUV Concept at the 2022 GIIAS in August.
Indonesian media have reported that the model could be called the next gen Honda WR-V
There is no official confirmation yet.
The RS SUV borrows some styling cues from the bigger Honda SUVs including the HR-V.
The SUV gets angular wraparound headlamps, chrome bar above the mesh grille, simple bumper with a wide air-dam and a faux skid plate.
It has a coupe SUV like design, featuring a tapering roofline and angular-shaped tailgate design.
Other features of its exterior include a chunky body cladding, prominent shoulder line and large alloy wheels.
At the rear one can see a slim horizontally positioned LED tail-lamp connected by a faux light bar.
This new SUV will measure close to 4.2 meters in length and will have a wheelbase similar to the new City sedan.
It will be a 5-seater.
It will be based on the Amaze platform, which is very similar to the City’s platform.
It will run on a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that also powers the City sedan.
The RS SUV will also come with an Atkinson Cycle 1.5L, 4-cylinder engine coupled to two electric motors.
The petrol engine produces 98bhp and 127Nm
The electric motor offers 109bhp and 253Nm from 0 rpm.
The combined usable power and torque stands at 126bhp and 253Nm.
Honda offers 3 drive modes – Petrol Only, Electric and Hybrid.
Future plans for India
The carnaker will introduce a new sub-4 meter SUV and a mid-sized SUV in the country in the next 1-2 years.
They will be based on the Amaze platform.
Honda could bring the RS Concept based SUV to India, but with some changes to keep it under 4 meters.
As of now, the prices of WR-V start at Rs. 8.88 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 12.08 lakhs ex-showroom.
Expect prices to range from Rs. 9.5 lakhs to Rs. 12.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
It faces tough competition from Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Toyota Urban Cruiser and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.