The new-generation Honda Jazz, which is already on sale in Japan, won't be coming to India. Instead, we'll get a minor facelift and new, BS6 compliant engines.
Honda Jazz was one of the first proper, premium (read extremely expensive) hatchbacks to be launched in India. Recently, Honda has updated its website, stating that the BS6 model of the Jazz will be launched soon. That, however, will be an updated version of the current Jazz, and not the next-generation model which was launched earlier in Japan.
The new-generation Honda Jazz was launched in the Japanese market in February 2020. The new Jazz, called Honda Fit in Japan, sports the same MPV-ish silhouette of the previous model, but features updated styling all around. The headlamps are trapezoidal instead of triangular, and even the taillights are all-new units. The JDM-spec Fit is available with two engine options- a 1.3-litre motor and a 1.5-litre unit. The former is capable of generating maximum power of 98 PS and peak torque of 118 Nm, while the latter produces 109 PS and 253 Nm. The 1.3 engine comes mated to a CVT gearbox, while the 1.5 unit is paired to an electric drivetrain and a fixed ratio gearbox, effectively making this a petrol/electric hybrid vehicle.
BS6 Version of the India-spec Honda Jazz teased on the official website of Honda Car India
This model, sadly, will not be brought to India. Honda Cars India had earlier retired the Brio owing to its poor sales, and as the sales of the Jazz are not expected to sky-rocket with the launch of the next-gen model, the company has decided to not bring it to the Indian market. The current-generation Jazz will be Honda’s most affordable car in India, while also being a relative niche product. If, however, the demand for Honda Jazz increases in the near future, after the lockdown ends and the market regains sales momentum, then there is a possibility that Honda might bring the next-generation model to India in 2021.
The JDM Honda Fit is also available in an electric hybrid avatar
The 2020 Honda Jazz is expected to feature the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines as the before, albeit with appropriate mechanical changes to make it BSVI compliant. The maximum power and peak torque figures are expected to remain the same, at 90 PS and 110 Nm for petrol, and 100 PS and 200 Nm for diesel. The BSIV model was priced from Rs. 7.45 lakh to 9.4 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Expect a moderate bump in price for the BSVI version.