Honda Jazz BS6 to be launched soon; petrol and diesel engines available

Honda Jazz BS6

Honda Car India has removed the Jazz from its website. The Jazz surprisingly isn’t a volumes product for the Japanese carmaker. Instead, it plays in the lower 100s every month while competition like the Hyundai Elite i20 as well as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno are mostly on the top 10 best selling cars each month. Honda though isn’t discontinuing the car. Instead, they are giving it a facelift. The Honda Jazz BS6 facelift was also spotted testing in India recently. The launch might happen as soon as the lockdown lifts and production starts.

What’s new in the Honda Jazz BS6 facelift?

The Honda Jazz BS6 will essentially be the same model from 2018 that was globally given a facelift. There will be new bumpers in place, for pedestrian protection compliance, an all-LED headlight, updated fog lights and a facelifted grille. Inside, there will be a new upholstery to liven things, Alexa-connected infotainment that will be a segment-first and a few bit features. The engines will be the same 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol but in BS6 form. The transmission options too will remain the same – manual/CVT for the petrol and manual-only for diesel. Expect a slight drop in fuel efficiency though according to BS6 standards.

Honda will keep the variant line-up of the Jazz small. This is to avoid confusion. While it limits the choices for the customers, the prices are expected to go up too. As we have seen with the Honda Amaze BS6, the new Jazz in diesel form could be around Rs 70,000 more. The BS4 Jazz price in India started from Rs 7.40 lakh to Rs 9.50 lakh, ex-showroom. As it is, the model was expensive than the competition. Hiking the price might not help Honda sell more units in this fashion.

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