Honda are planning to update their slow-selling premium hatch, the Jazz in order to keep it fresh amongst growing competition. The 2018 Jazz is expected to carry some sportiness as well as practicality, much like the current car. As per reports, the 2018 Honda Jazz will be launched in the Indian market as early as this month.
Honda have largely stopped production of the current model, giving us a hint that a new one may be in the corner. We can expect the automaker to offer heavy discounts on the current Jazz in order to clear stocks. Ahead of its launch, Honda have started conducting media test drives to convince potential buyers on the Jazz.
We can expect the model to carry minimal changes on both the exterior and the interior. The 2018 Jazz will have 16-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system and a revised front end compared to the current model. Honda have already launched the Jazz facelift on the UK earlier this year.
Engine-wise, the 2018 Jazz will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2 litre I-VTEC petrol motor produces 90 bhp of power and 110 Nm of torque. On the other hand, there will be a 1.5 litre I-DTEC diesel engine giving 100 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque.
The petrol motor will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with CVT being offered as an option. While there is no CVT being offered for the diesel engine, it will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Both these engines will not carry any changes as of now.
Rivals include the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai i20, the latter having undergone a refresh recently. The Jazz will follow the City and the Amaze in recent memory to undergo a mid-cycle facelift. With both the City and the Amaze facelifts performing well currently, we can expect it to rub off on the Jazz facelift as well.
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