Right after the lockdown, Honda is teasing us with facelifted Jazz. The Honda Jazz facelift looks like it will be launched soon as the company reopened its facilities and showrooms during this lockdown period. We checked in with Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India Limited. Rajesh told us
During the last year 2019-20, the contribution of HCIL’s total sales was about 80% from petrol and 20% from diesel, but this trend differed in each product segment. Although the market’s preference for petrol is changing, we believe that the demand for diesel will not end immediately. Therefore, in our BS6 line-up, we have strategically decided to introduce diesel models in specific segments to suit our customers’ choices. For example: Among our three product offerings in the sub-4 meter segment, diesel contribution to WR-V and Amaze was quite significant and therefore they are being offered in both petrol and diesel. On the other hand, for premium hatchback Jazz, customers are increasingly opting for the petrol model and hence the new Jazz will be offered in petrol variants only. Changes in emission rules from BS4 to BS6, will make some design changes to the new Jazz and refreshments. According to our model refreshment plan, the launch of the refreshed BS6 Jazz is some time away. We will keep you informed about its launch timeline.
It is not surprising to see that Honda Jazz rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno as well as the current generation Hyundai Elite i20 are offered only with petrol powertrains. After the BS6 transition, the multiple-builder cited diesel as saying that increasing retail costs is not possible for customers. Others, such as Toyota and Volkswagen, with their premium hatchback, offer only a petrol engine.
Coming back to the new Honda Jazz, it is likely to continue with the 1.2-liter i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine will likely produce 89hp power and 110Nm. It is also in use in Amaze. A 5-speed gearbox and a CVT will be on offer. It should be noted that the Elite i20 is the only car in the mix that no longer comes with an automatic option.
Honda will offer refreshing Jazz on the outside. This may include new bumpers, LED headlights, new alloy wheels and refresh taillights. Inside, things are expected to remain the same except for the new upholstery. At a pinch, we can also get the upcoming City Alexa Telematics here.
The Jazz is not the only Honda to be sold with a petrol-only engine. The CR-V will also continue under the guise of petrol BS6. Rajesh confirmed this by saying
The CR-V will continue in petrol models only. Our CR-V customers continue to show a natural preference for the petrol model and so in order to maintain a lean variant line-up and to focus on our core customer category, we made the petrol version only for the CR-V Have decided to keep it.
If you’re thinking of a Civic, don’t worry. Research from Honda suggests that there is enough customer for the diesel variant. Rajesh mentioned this.
The petrol version of the Civic was already BS6 compliant since its launch in March 2019. We will soon launch the diesel BS6 Civic on the basis of resuming production for the model following the COVID-19 related lockdown.