Honda to launch facelifted Jazz by Diwali 2011

Honda’s Jazz has been selling slowly, mainly due to its high pricing and availability of other value-for-money hatches in the Indian auto segment. Honda is looking to correct this with the introduction of an updated Jazz soon. As per recent media reports, the new version of the Jazz hatchback was spotted testing on Indian roads. The refreshed hatch will is expected to launch in India by Diwali 2011.

The biggest reveal of this news has been that the Jazz will now also be available with an automatic CVT transmission. This is an important inclusion. The pricey Honda’s biggest competitor in terms of price and performance is the Hyundai i20. So people who are willing to spend a sedan’s money on a hatch, should ideally be prospective customers for this variant. Related: Automatic cars in India under Rs. 10 lakhs.

The new Honda Jazz is expected to feature a new grille, front and rear bumpers, headlamps and taillights. The taillights are rumored to have LEDs incorporated into them.

honda jazz facelift photo
Photo: Honda Jazz Facelift

The current 1.2 litre engine currently doing duty in the Jazz is expected to remain, though Honda might tweak the tuning of the powerplant in order to squeeze out more mileage – something which would help the Jazz sell more in these high fuel price times.

The new Jazz would also carry a new and improved suspension system for better ride and handling. Honda has also made some changes in the steering department as many were finding the car’s steering as uncomfortable and lacking feel. However, the company is yet to make an official announcement regarding the launch of this new face-lifted Jazz in the Indian market. The car is expected to be rolled-out in India sometime around third quarter of 2011.

In India, the Honda Jazz comes with a 1.2 litre i-VTEC engine (Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control), which delivers maximum power of 90ps @ 6200rpm and torque of 110nm @ 4800rpm.

The interiors are large and comfy, ride is well-sorted out, but the steering is said to be lacking in feel. The Jazz has been built on ‘Advance Compatibility Engineering’ (ACE) body, which offers superior protection in case of collisions. The design is aimed at protecting not only the car’s occupants, but also pedestrians. The hatchback’s G-FORCE Control Technology (G-CON) controls impact energy in the event of a collision and minimizes injuries.

Other features include pretensioning seat belts, driver & front Passenger SRS airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, EBD, ECU immobilizer, driver seatbelt reminder, driver side auto pinch guard, day/night side rear view mirror, rear windshield defogger, rear wiper and high mounted stop lamp.

The Jazz currently retails between Rs. 712,500 and Rs. 754,500. There is however no expectation of the Jazz’s price being lowered as the upcoming Honda Brio will cater to budget hatchback buyers in the country.