2018 Honda Jazz sees base E and SV grades being removed while petrol CVT is available on V and VX grades; new features added
Honda Cars India will be launching an updated version of the Jazz premium hatchback on the 19th of July. Ahead of its entry, however, the features have been leaked online depending on the variants. The exterior changes on the hatchback have also been witnessed as we explained to you earlier.
First and the foremost thing is, as we expected, no mechanical changes have been implemented. The same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine continue in the updated model. The 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine is capable of kicking out 87 bhp of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque at 4,800 rpm.
The diesel mill, on the other hand, can pump out 98 bhp of peak power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual gearbox, a six-speed manual gearbox and a CVT. The petrol-powered Honda Jazz gets a five-speed manual and the CVT as usually.
Instead of being available on the top trim only, the automatic can now be had on V and VX grades. The petrol variant will be sold only in those trims with manual transmission availability as well. The diesel-powered model uses a six-speed manual gearbox and as in the new Amaze, it won’t get a CVT option.
From 2018, Honda has decided to snub the base E and SV grades as S, V, and VX are only available. The entry-level S is exclusive for diesel manual model as well and it comprises of features such as LED tail lamps, four speaker audio with a 3.5-inch screen, steering mounted audio controls, height adjustable driver seat, front centre armrest, speed sensing door locks, rear parking sensors, 15-inch wheels, rear defogger, electrically adjustable ORVMs, driver and co-driver vanity mirror.
The Jazz V grade can be bought in either diesel manual or petrol manual or petrol automatic and it gains equipment such as 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, 5.0-inch touchscreen with reverse camera display, electrically adjustable and folding wing mirrors with turn indicators, beige interiors, front fog lamps and rear wiper. Paddle shifters are sold only in the petrol CVT while Honda Smart Key, push button start, power boot release and cruise control are available in both petrol CVT and diesel MT.
Over to the Jazz VX, it gets extended LED tail lamps, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob as well as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The noticeable absence from the lineup is the unique Magic Seats sold in range-topping variant. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) are provided as standard across the range.
Honda has included new colour options into the updated Jazz’s lineup as Radiant Red and Lunar Silver replace Carnelian Red Pearl and Alabaster Silver Metallic while Orchid White, Golden Brown, and Modern Steel continue without changes. The Jazz competes against Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 and no significant price hike is expected compared to the existing prices (Rs. 5.99-9.32 lakh, ex-showroom).