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New Honda Jazz for India will not get updates seen on Euro variant – Here’s why

Honda Cars India has commenced manufacturing of the all new 2018 Honda Jazz. The large family hatchback is being produced at the company facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan. First lot of the facelifted Honda Jazz has already made their way to South Africa.

Internationally, the new Honda Jazz facelift gets some exciting new updates on the outside as well as on the inside. Speaking about exteriors of the 2018 Jazz, it gets sportier bumpers in the front and rear with red accents.

2018 Jazz for Europe.

The front gets more angular and houses new grille and logo. Similarly, the rear also gets the revised bumper with red accents while on the sides there are flared arches. All these updates, make the Honda Jazz even bigger than it is today. In fact, it has actually grown in size to 4,100 mm, thanks to these updates.

This is where the problem lies for India. If Honda Cars India incorporates these changes, the Jazz will no longer be a sub 4 meter car, and thereby will not be able to enjoy the lower taxes levied by govt as compared to cars which are over 4 meters in length.

For this reason, India-spec 2018 Jazz will look the same as today. It will not feature any exterior changes. Except for a slightly revised taillight design, seen below.

Image – Team-BHP

Speaking about engine options, new Honda Jazz receives the same 1.2 liter petrol engine seen on the Brio and Amaze – offering 88 PS peak power and 110 Nm peak torque. It is also offered with a 1.5 liter diesel engine mated to a manual gearbox. This engine delivers 100 PS and 200 Nm. Automatic as well as manual transmission options will be on offer, same as today.

Measuring 3,955 mm in length, the 2018 Honda Jazz facelift for India sits on a 2,530 mm wheelbase while boot space is at 253 liters. It receives safety features such as ABS, EBD, dual front, side and curtain airbags (export-spec) while other features include a multifunction steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment system with USB connectivity and Bluetooth.

Based on the Honda City platform, Honda Jazz once launched in India it will rival the likes of Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20.

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