Honda WR-V, the all new cross hatch from the Japanese automaker soon might get a new 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine in its portfolio. This engine is to be the same unit which powers the 2017 City and is to produce 118Bhp of power. This new engine will be introduced keeping in mind the needs of an enthusiastic driver. For the same purpose, we could also see the introduction of Honda CVT automatic gearbox, since the WR-V currently has no automatic variant.
At the moment, the petrol derivative of the Honda WR-V is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine, out of the Honda Jazz which pumps out 89Bhp of power along with 109Nm of peak torque. Transmission responsibilities are taken care of by a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The diesel derivative comes with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine, producing 99Bhp along with 200Nm of peak torque. The transmission responsibilities are taken care of by a 6-speed manual gearbox. Do Read: Honda WR-V- First Drive Report
This 1.5-litre i-VTEC motor, which currently also does its duty on the 2017 City, churns out 118Bhp along with 120Nm of peak torque. If Honda decides to introduce the CVT gearbox, we could very well get steering mounded paddle shifters which are to add to the sporty feel. Also Read: Honda WR-V Top 6 interesting facts to know
With the introduction of this new engine, the WR-V’s power to weight ratio of 100 Bhp per tonne making it pitch against the likes of Ford EcoSport Ecoboost and also is to get a bit of an action in the hot-hatch segment of India which includes the likes of Fiat Abarth Punto, Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS.