Honda WR-V mini SUV debuts at Sao Paulo auto show

November 10, 2016

Honda has revealed a new model which can only be described as miniature HR-V at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil. It’s called the Honda WR-V.


Developed for emerging markets, the WR-V is a compact crossover designed for tight city streets and urban adventure. Specifically, it was designed in Brazil for the South American market, featuring a very similar styling theme as the slightly larger HR-V.

At the front is a perched up set of headlights and bulky grille area giving it the impression of being bigger and tougher than it might be, while there’s a short stubby bonnet and tall roof to provide optimum cabin space.

Power reportedly comes from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing around 85kW. It’s understood the engine is capable of running on ethanol using a clever flex-fuel engine management system.

Speaking about the new model, Honda global CEO Takahiro Hachigo said:

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“The introduction of this all-new WR-V is a testament to Honda’s commitment to the South American market, and we will continue to deliver more products unique to Honda that please our customers.”

Production for the WR-V is set to commence early next year. It will be produced in Brazil, and, suffice to say, it won’t be entering the Australian market any time soon.


Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.