Honda WR-V debuts in Thailand – Ativa rival coming to Malaysia soon?

The small SUV Honda WR-V has been launched in Thailand, following its Indonesian launch late last year. About the size of a Perodua Ativa, the Honda WR-V is made available in two variants in Thailand, namely the SV and RS, with prices starting at THB 799,000 (approx. RM104k).

For those unfamiliar with the WR-V, it is a Raize/Rocky rival in Indonesia. It is essentially a smaller 5-seater version of the Honda BR-V. The WR-V has been spotted in camouflage in Malaysia earlier this year, and if it were to be launched here, it would rival the beloved Perodua Ativa.

Compared to the Ativa, the WR-V is shorter in length and height, but slightly wider. The WR-V measures 4,060 mm long, 1,780 mm wide, and 1,608 mm tall. Its wheelbase is 2,485 mm long, which is 40 mm shorter than the Ativa’s.

Currently in its second generation, the WR-V first made its world debut in 2016. WR-V stands for Winsome Runabout Vehicle and the first generation was specifically built for the South African and Indian market. The first generation was based on the Honda fit, but the second generation is based on the Honda BR-V.

Powering the Honda WR-V is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine that produces 121 hp (metric) and 145 Nm. Paired with the 4-cylinder engine is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels only.

Standard features on the Honda WR-V in Thailand include automatic LED Headlights, electrically adjustable and foldable side mirrors, leather steering wheel with tilt adjustment, synthetic leather and fabric combi seats, automatic air conditioning, a 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

The Honda WR-V is also equipped with the brand’s Honda Sensing ADAS Suite which consists of a collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), a Lane-Keeping Assist System (LKAS), a Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN) system, and Auto High Beam (AHB).


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