Published on March 20th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen


Honda To Launch The WR-V Very Soon, Will It Challenge The X50?

If Honda can launch it below RM90k, then it may just be a success

So the first thing we need to ask about the new Honda WR-V compact crossover SUV is what are the specs on this car? Well most likely, we will be receiving something similar to the Indonesian spec of this car. At this point, some may argue every other ASEAN market already had this car, well, I say, better late than never.

We have already written about the Honda WR-V before, but we mainly focused on the Indian specs for the car then, now that we know it may be coming to Malaysia sooner or later, we can infer that the car will most likely feature all the same designs and specs as the version sold in Indonesia, so let’s take a look at those specs now.

Moreover, with Indonesia being such a close neighbour, it will not be hard for Honda Malaysia to work out some sort of arrangement to bring the car in form there in order to keep costs down. This is not such a bad thing too as the specs of the Honda WR-V in Indonesia are pretty good.

The Honda WR-V in Indonesia features remote engine start, similar to the Honda Civic, auto lock when you walk away from the car and even Honda Sensing, the brand’s safety suite, but only in the top spec RS model though. All this alone gives the car enough features that will make it a serious contender in the crossover market.

That’s not all though, the Honda WR-V also features a modern and spacious (typical of Honda) interior. The centre of the dashboard is also rather unique as the air con vents are right on top in the middle with the 7 inch central infotainment screen below that and the air con controls below.

Other than that, the interior of the Honda WR-V in Indonesia is pretty similar to the older HR-V with a manual handbrake and a CVT automatic gear shifter in an overall clean and simple interior. The red accents are also a nice touch and fans of the Proton X50 will love this feature.

On top of that, with the reliable 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC engine powering the Honda WR-V along with its stylish and modern design with sharp sequential LED turning signals as well as LED daytime running lights (DRLs), the car only needs to be competitively priced and it will practically sell itself.

With a staring price of Rp279,400,000 (about RM81,336), if Honda Malaysia, can price the Honda WR-V at a similar price or lower, then the Proton X50 and Perodua Ativa which start from RM86,300 and RM62,500 respectively, are in trouble. My opinion is the sweet spot should be between RM80,000 to RM90,000 maximum.

So what do you guys think of the Honda WR-V, is the Indonesian spec Honda WR-V perfect for the Malaysian market?

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