Honda Jazz X-Road gets crossover appeal with exterior off-road kit comprising of skid plates, front spoiler and black moulding; takes power from 1.3-litre petrol engine
Wonder how an off-road based Honda Jazz would look like? Here is basically a custom concept from the brand itself as the Jazz X-Road broke cover at the 2018 edition of Geneva Motor Show. Its exterior is enough to get you into a conclusion that the hatchback is rather serious about going out on weekends to an unchartered territory.
However, it is still a family hatchback despite all the disguising efforts. But can the X-Road inspire Honda to create a cross-hatch variant of the Jazz like the i20 Active? We do not have any clear answers yet! Glancing over it, the Jazz X-Road is based on the heavily facelifted version launched last year in foreign markets and it wears a red paint scheme with an off-road body kit.
It features thick black plastic moulding running along the sides of the hatchback, side skirts, door protection, silver painted front spoiler and plastic rear under body protection among other bits. The 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels would not hamper being off the tarmac either.
But there are obvious limitations like any other non off-roader would have. Honda has been cautious with the Jazz X-Road and we cannot blame them for being realistic as it is said to protect from “life’s little bumps and scrapes”.
On the inside, the modified Honda Jazz gains ‘X-Road’ floor mats but no other substantial cosmetic changes were made. It comes powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 103 PS.
It is connected to a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic as option. It can do zero to 100 kmph in 11.4 seconds using manual gearbox while switching to CVT will delay it further by nine tenths. In India, the Jazz premium hatchback is sold in a total of 12 variants, priced between Rs. 6.06 lakh and Rs. 9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
With Hyundai Elite i20 having received facelift last month and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno leading the sales charts in the segment, Honda is expected to bring in the updated Jazz sometime next year. The Japanese brand will launch the Amaze facelift, new-gen CR-V and Civic in the due course of 2018.