GOING UP AGAINST the Hyundai i20 Active and the Fiat Urban Cross, Honda will soon launch a Jazz- based crossover called the WR-V. Unlike its competitors, the WR-V looks totally different from tire Jazz, especially at the front. As with all such ‘cress hatches’, it sports rugged body cladding, skid plate, and roof rails to give it a tough look. The interiors, however, are likely to be almost identical to the Jazz in order to keep a check on costs. Like the Jazz, the WR- V is likely to be available with a 90hp 1.2-1 itre petrol and a 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine The former veil be mated to a five-speed manual and a CVT (continuously variable transmission), while tire latter veil be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
AFTER YEARS AND countless facelifts and updates, the popular Mercedes- Benz E-class will finally be replaced by an all-new model this year. The big news, however, is that India will get the stretched ‘L’, or long-wheel base version, which is a whole 5.5 inches longer than the regular model. All this extra length has gone into increasing rear-seat legroom, which chauffeur-driven buyers will definitely appreciate.
This wall give it a considerable advantage over its rivals, which all come in standard wheel base. It will also cost Rs 5-7 lakh more than the outgoing car and rivals. The new E-class L packs tech like a touchscreen tablet at the rear to control infotainment functions and in-car systems, and two dash-mounted 12.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. Engines on the new E-class will include a 2.0-litre petrol and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, with a more efficient 2.0-litre engine slated to join the line-up later.