New facelifted Honda Jazz hatchback will be launched in the coming days in India
Ahead of Honda Jazz facelift’s launch, it has been officially confirmed that the premium hatchback will not be getting a diesel option. Rajesh Goel, Senior VP (Marketing & Sales), Honda (India) said that the company’s overall sales of petrol and diesel variants was in the ratio of 80:20 in 2019-20. This ratio is largely applicable to Jazz sales as well, which explains why the company has chosen to discontinue its diesel variant.
However, Honda India does not have plans to discontinue diesel variants of all cars in its portfolio. Every car will be assessed individually based on the number of petrol and diesel units sold. For example, the company continues to offer diesel option for Honda WR-V and Amaze, as there’s good demand for diesel variants of these cars.
Internationally, Honda Jazz has entered its fourth generation and is called Honda Fit in several countries. This next-gen model will not be available in India for at least a couple of years. Till then, the facelift edition will continue to soldier on with its BS6 engine and other new features.
New Honda Jazz will come with LED headlamps, an updated front bumper, redesigned upper grille, and a more prominently placed Honda logo. Side profile looks almost the same as earlier. New Jazz will continue to use the 15-inch alloy wheels like its predecessor.
New Jazz will be getting the BS6 1.2-litre i-VTEC SOHC, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine. However, power and torque numbers will not be very different from the BS4 model. The earlier 1.2 litre NA i-VTEC four-cylinder engine generates 89 bhp / 110 Nm and is mated to either a 5-speed manual or CVT unit. The 1.5 litre BS4 diesel engine generates 99 bhp and 200 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Similar to Jazz, diesel option has been discontinued for other Honda cars as well. These include Honda Civic, the premium sedan and CR-V 7-seater SUV. Honda Jazz may be lagging behind its rivals in sales, but it is second to none in terms of mileage. In its BS4 format, Jazz petrol offers mileage of 18.2 kmpl with manual transmission and 19.0 kmpl with CVT.
The diesel mill is even more fuel efficient, offering an impressive 27.3 kmpl. Jazz diesel has been rated as the most fuel efficient of all diesel cars in the Indian market. Unfortunately, the engine has not been updated to comply with BS6 emission norms.
New Honda Jazz BS6 petrol is expected to be launched at a starting price of Rs 7.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will go up against rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20, Toyota Glanza and Tata Altroz. Bookings for the new Jazz are now open at dealers for Rs 21,000. While if you pay via online website, booking amount is Rs 5,000.
Speaking about the new Jazz, Mr Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President and Director, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “We are excited to open the bookings for the new Jazz which is slated for launch later this month. The new Jazz with its stylish sporty new look, outstanding interior package and segment-unique One Touch Electric Sunroof will appeal to the customers who are looking for the absolute best in the segment”
He further added, “Over the years, we observed Jazz customers demonstrating strong preference towards petrol powertrains. Responding to this trend, we have decided to offer the New Jazz exclusively in petrol engine in both Manual and CVT variants. With this latest offering and a full festive season ahead of us, we see fresh excitement in the premium hatchback segment.”