- The company launched the third generation Honda Jazz in the Indian market in July 2015.
- Currently Jazz is available in 1.2 liter petrol and 1.5 liter diesel engine options.
May 21, 2020, 10:14 AM IST
new Delhi. Honda Cars India is revamping its powertrain strategy. According to the report, only the petrol-only model of Jazz will be launched after the BS6 upgrade. The third generation model of the car was launched in 2015. Currently, the 1.2-liter petrol engine equipped with a Honda Jazz manual and CVT transmission and a 1.5-liter diesel engine equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox are available in the option. Both engines are also found in BS6 Honda Amaze.
Why is Jazz Diesel being removed from the lineup?
Rajesh Goyal, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India Limited, stated that “During 2019-20, HCIL's total sales contribution was around 80 percent from petrol and 20 percent from diesel, but this trend was in line with every product segment Was different. Although the market preference for petrol is changing, we believe that the demand for diesel will not disappear immediately. Therefore, in our BS6 line-up, we have strategically decided to introduce certain segment diesel models to suit our customers' choices. For example, we have three product products in the sub-4-meter segment, diesel contribution to WR-V and Amaze was quite significant and hence they are being offered in both petrol and diesel. On the other hand, premium hatchback Jazz customers are increasingly opting for the petrol model, and hence the new Jazz will be offered in petrol variants only.
What is the strategy for Jazz ahead?
Honda Jazz is being refurbished. Apart from the BS6 compliant version of the 1.2-liter petrol engine, there will also be changes in the design and features of the Jazz. Which includes LED headlights in addition to cosmetic updates and additional comfort features.
Honda had released a teaser of the updated Jazz before the lockdown but did not give any clarification on when the model will start selling. Goyal said, “As per our model refreshment plan, the refresh BS6 Jazz will be done after some time. The product launch of Honda Cars has been affected due to the lockdown. Jazz BS6 launching BS6 WR-V and next-generation Honda Can be with the city.
Which cars will the new Honda Jazz compete with?
The BS6 Honda Jazz will compete with other premium hatchbacks such as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glenza, Hyundai i20 and Tata Altrose. Interestingly, except for the Altrose, which is available with a 1.5-liter diesel engine, all other rivals are available only in petrol form. The current-generation Hyundai i20 is in its run-out phase, though the next-generation model coming later this year will be offered with a diesel engine.