Honda Car India has discontinued the Civic diesel, CR-V diesel and Accord Hybrid ahead of BS6 implementation
India’s automotive industry is going through challenging times due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown protocol. Many OEMs have shut down their manufacturing plants or are working with limited resources. On the other hand, several dealerships are on the verge of going out of business. The pandemic has definitely extended its damage beyond human health.
Honda Car India has been working on the 2020MY Jazz premium hatchback for quite some time. The Japanese automaker had even teased the car recently. Before the lockdown, a few 2020 Honda Jazz BS6 test mules were spotted in various parts of India. Here is one such test mule on the open roads of Uttar Pradesh.
One is able to make out some design details of the 2020 Honda Jazz under the stickers. As this is a facelift and not a new generation (like the 2020 Honda City), overall aesthetics do not seem to be radically different from the outgoing BS4 model. The front-end design seems to be nearly identical considering the grille-headlamp outline and bumper proportions. The same applies to the rear. Still, the final avatar might have full-LED headlamps and taillamps, extra chrome bits and new machine-cut alloy wheels (and not the familiar ones on this test mule).
In global markets, Honda has already replaced the hatchback with its latest generation (fourth-gen Honda Fit) while India would continue to have this generation for a few more years. The facelifted model could be introduced with just a BS6 i-VTEC petrol engine initially. The i-DTEC diesel mill would definitely receive BS6 update.
Output figures are expected to remain the same as before. In its current BS4 format, the 1.2-litre NA i-VTEC four-cylinder mill makes 99bhp and 110Nm of torque. For a car its size and segment, the petrol motor is very weak. In fact, it is often overshadowed by other petrol alternatives. The 1.5-litre diesel four-cylinder unit is good for 99bhp and 200Nm. The petrol powertrain is available with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT. The diesel variant gets only a 6-speed manual.
Ahead of the BS6 era, Honda Car India has discontinued three products: Civic diesel, CR-V diesel and Accord Hybrid. The former two models could be re-introduced in BS6 formats while the latter has always been a weak seller, especially when compared to its direct rival, Toyota Camry Hybrid. Furthermore, the CBU Honda Accord Hybrid had an unreasonable price tag of Rs 37 lakh ex-showroom.