The highly-awaited 2023 Honda WR-V has finally been launched here in Malaysia, as the new entry point to the local Honda SUV line-up. The compact crossover will be offered here in four variants, priced from RM89,900 (on-the-road, without insurance) for the entry-level S variant.
Billed as a rival to the Perodua Ativa, the Honda WR-V stands out with its stylish exterior design, especially on the range-topping RS variant thanks to the unique trims including the chequered-flag inspired front grille mesh, 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, and LED lighting up front.
The lower variants don’t get the same rockstar treatment, however, with the most glaring “downgrade” being the simple-looking 16-inch alloy wheels. The S and E variants also make do with halogen headlamps, although the latter does at least get automatic headlights as part of its equipment list.
Being the new entry-level model, the Honda WR-V also sports a fairly simplistic – if not somewhat old school – interior design. Penny-pinching measures had to be implemented to hit its price point, and as such all variants will only come with an analogue instrument cluster (all variants aside from the entry-level S does get a 4.2-inch TFT multi-info display between the dials).
The seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display in the centre is standard across the board, however, and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity right out of the box.
Underneath the bonnet of the all-new 2023 Honda WR-V lies the very familiar 1.5-litre turbocharged naturally-aspirated inline-four engine – the same that’s used in the City, City Hatchback, and HR-V. The 1.5-litre mill here continues to make 121 hp and 145 Nm as before, with power sent to the front wheels only via a CVT gearbox.
In terms of safety, all variants aside from the base-spec S will come equipped with the Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance suite, which includes features such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam.
For more information on the all-new 2023 Honda WR-V, check out our detailed launch coverage here.