The Honda Jazz hasn’t done well in India. The first-gen Jazz, though a good product want available at an expensive price and did not see too many takers by which Honda quietly discontinued the model.
The second-gen Jazz was more features packed yet affordable, still it did not taste success. With rivals like Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20 featuring in the top 10 cars sold every month regularly, the Jazz can be considered a wrong product at the right time.
But the Japanese company hasn’t given-up hope on it and now decided to launch the Jazz based crossover, codenamed as 2FM. When launched sometime in 2017 in the Indian market, the crossover version is rumoured to be named ‘WR-V’ and will be sold alongside the regular Jazz. Can Honda be lucky third time, only time can tell!
Maintaining the Honda design philosophy of ‘Man Maximum, Machine Minimum’, the Jazz-based crossover is expected to give good space, as in the original model, with the addition ‛magic seats which Honda calls it’ and good boot space. It will compete with the segment leader Hyundai i20 Active, formidable and practical cars like the Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Liva and dud-seller VW Cross Polo.
The crossover version will be one of Honda’s big launches happening this-year alongside the new Civic, Accord and the facelifted Brio. These cars are very important, after a slow start to the sales of the recently launched BR-V because Honda aims to get back to form.
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