Honda has teased the upcoming BS6 Jazz on its website. This practical hatchback has been on the backseat for a while now, with increased competition. While there was a buzz that the Jazz may be discontinued, it eventually will be launched with a new BS6 engine.
The Honda Jazz is likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 90bhp of power. The diesel version shall also be upgraded to BS6, which uses a 1.5-litre 100bhp engine. This is good news for diesel fans. The diesel engines from Honda are frugal and powerful. The transmission setups shall continue to be the same, which is a 5-speed manual in the diesel and petrol, while the petrol shall continue to also get the CVT.
Apart form the engine, there shall be minor cosmetic changes, mainly to the grille, bumpers, headlamps and alloy wheels. The interiors are expected to be the same, with some sprucing up of the upholstery and infotainment system. The 7-inch screen is likely to continue and will feature an updated navigation with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. A sunroof is unlikely to be provided and it is yet to be seen whether Honda will offer the very practical ‘magic seats’ in the BS6 version.
The Honda Jazz was always a practical and fun to drive hatchback, due to which it earned many fans. Spaciousness was one of its virtues, which is unmatched by any hatchback in the country. A choice of petrol and diesel engines made it even better. However, lately, customers have been demanding more features in the Jazz, something that most of the competition has been offering.
The new Honda Jazz will compete with the likes of Maruti Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Hyundai Elite i20 and Tata Altroz. However, it has to be seen how much of a premium will Honda charge over its competition this time.