Honda WR-V world debut in Indonesia on November 2 – SUV RS Concept production car to compete with Ativa, Rocky, Raize

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A mysterious Honda SUV, expected to be called the Honda WR-V, will make its world debut in Indonesia on November 2, a few days away. A countdown cum teaser has been released by Honda Indonesia showing the side profile of the WR-V, with the headline “Wheeling Soon.”

What is this SUV about? Honda is well represented in the traditional B and C segment of the SUV market, with benchmark models such as the HR-V and CR-V. Under the HR-V, Honda has a sedan (City) and some hatchbacks (City Hatchback, Brio). However, people today want SUVs, no matter in what segment or at what price.

Enter the WR-V, which will sit below the HR-V and compete with the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize, sisters of Indonesia’s Perodua Ativa. You see, the HR-V is a true B-segment SUV that is relatively high in size and price. It is considerably larger than the Ativa/Rocky/Raize, which is a very small B at best.

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There is also a vacancy in India to replace the WR-V, which was actually a Jazz with SUV-inspired styling – think Axia Style.

The WR-V is no surprise, because Honda released the SUV RS Concept in Indonesia at the end of last year as a preview of such a model. That showcar looked really good, but the leaked images we saw in July (above) – if they are indeed of the production version – show a much watered-down design.

The ‘fade-out’ grille of the SUV RS has been replaced by a more conventional item, featuring the RS treatment with chrome studs seen on the new HR-V RS. There’s a chrome bar on the top of the grille, but the mystery car’s headlights are much bigger than the concept’s sleek/sharp eyes. That’s only to be expected – showcar lights and wheels are usually exaggerated.

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Fog lights are necessary for the actual car, so the lower side elements are not so minimalistic. There is a skid plate style strip, but it has three notches instead of two. The nose of the car also seems to be more upright. In general, the face is harmless, although a bit conventional.

The rear deviates greatly from the concept, both in form and in details. The SUV RS show car had a steep, sloping rear window (perhaps unrealistic for such a small car) and full-width LED signatures, just like on the new HR-V. The so-called production car is clearly not a baby HR-V, with more regular angles and taillight clusters.

Details seen here include a decent-sized spoiler, 3D style taillights that aren’t flat, and a silver trim on the diffuser area to match the front end. Also inverted L-shaped LED signatures like on the Civic FE.

Is this coming to Malaysia? A Honda SUV at Ativa prices is not impossible, but in general it is difficult for non-national brands to introduce entry-level models to our market and be competitive in specifications/price with national rivals. The window between the top Ativa AV (RM72.600) and the base Honda HR-V 1.5L NA (RM114.800) is RM42k. We will see.

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