Honda Jazz may get 127 HP 1.0L Tubro Petrol for the UK market; the same unit can be found underneath the new generation Civic hatchback
Honda UK seems to be introducing the smaller 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine found in the new generation Civic hatchback to the Jazz very soon. This has been confirmed by Honda UK’s head of operation Phil Webb as the Japanese manufacturer seeks to expand the usability of the tiny motor across its volume selling range.
The 1.0-litre turbo-three is capable of producing a maximum power output of 127 hp at 5,500 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 2,250 rpm. It comes coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. This engine could be a long way off for India, but for a market like UK it is largely viable and can taste success if launched.
In an interview with AutoExpress at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Honda executive expressed that alongside the 1.0-litre three-cylinder mill Honda has been trying to develop the existing engines and leverage the opportunity across the portfolio. He thinks there’s a potential that could be tapped with the Jazz supermini and the 1.0L engine could be used as the right choice.
The downsized turbocharged engine makes a lot of sense to the Jazz while the possibilities of the same mill featured in the HR-V crossover cannot be ruled out of the equation but as of now it is purely down to the speculation. With the help of the 1,000 cc petrol motor, the Jazz supermini will have chances to compete against the likes of Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost in the British market as well.
Honda UK plans to bring more young customers into the dealerships for buying the Jazz but no fancy sporty variant is in the mix. In India, the Honda Jazz premium hatchback fights against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. Currently, the price range for the entry-level E variant starts from Rs. 5.69 lakh and it goes all the way up to Rs. 9.10 lakh for the range-topping model. Power sources are the tried and tested 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines.