As has been the case in our auto industry, hatchbacks have transformed into a pseudo-crossover and launched as a new car to please the new generation buyers who are looking to buy SUV-styled cars. We have seen this happen a lot in the last 2-3 years. Hyundai has the i20 Active, VW has the Polo Cross, Fiat has Avventura, Toyota has Etios Cross, and so on.
Thinking on the same lines, Honda Cars is planning to launch a Jazz Cross. Completely designed and developed by Brazil by Honda Brazil, Honda Jazz Cross (in Brazil, the Jazz is branded as Fit) is expected to make global debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show later this year.
Already spied on test in a camouflaged format, Honda Jazz Cross could also be christened WR-V, adds the report. Based on these spy shots, new renders of the Jazz Cross have been created.
Based on the same platform as Jazz, Honda Jazz Cross will get a sportier stance. In the front, it will get a new grille with revised lower bumper with sharper edges. It will also get silver skid plates in the front and rear. On the side, the plastic cladding is evident along with raised ground clearance, new alloys and bulging wheel arches. The rear gets a new floating roof spoiler, sharper lower bumper with reflectors and skid plate.
Apart from this, new colour options will also be on offer. Power to the Honda Jazz Cross will come from the same set of engines seen on the existing Jazz. These will be 1.2-liter iVTEC generating 88 PS and 1.5-liter iDTEC generating 100 PS.
Once launched, expect the Honda Jazz Cross to be priced about INR 1 lakh more than the respective Honda Jazz variant on offer.
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