Honda opened bookings for the BS6 Jazz today and also revealed the updated hatchback in full with new styling and a little more equipment than before. It will now be a petrol-only model with a BS6 compliant 1.2L iVTEC engine.
The launch of the BS6 Honda Jazz facelift is just round the corner as the company opened bookings for the hatchback today and also revealed the facelifted car in full. The Honda Jazz is the oldest premium hatchback in the country but it still has kept its relevance even in the face of much newer competition. With the BS6 update, Honda has thrown in quite a few updates on the new Jazz to make it a little more appealing and they make a world of a difference. Let’s take a closer look at these updates and why you should still consider the Jazz if you are looking for a premium hatcback.
First up, the looks of it.
Honda has tweaked the face of the new Jazz ever so slightly but it immediately makes so much difference. The most noticeable change is of course the new full-LED headlamps with LED DRLs and there half the job done already, isn’t it? The grille has also been slightly tweaked with a new chrome detailing around the gloss black front grille that seems to continue from the LED DRLs in the headlamp units. Quite a cool touch indeed.
Elsewhere, the new Jazz gets completely new front bumpers that have a little more cuts and creases than the outgoing model and even features LED fog lamps. Just so little change, and the face already looks so much nicer. At the rear, the Jazz gets new LED elements in the tail lamps and the rear bumpers have also been tweaked slightly. We however wish Honda took this chance to upgrade the Jazz with new 16-inch alloy wheels instead of the 15-inch units that have been carried forward unchanged.
More equipment on the inside
The biggest addition to the equipment list is something you can already make out from the outside and that would be the sunroof. Honda has added a new electric sunroof on the Jazz, and now its the only hatchback in the segment to come with one. We would have liked if Honda updated the Digipad 2.0 infotainment system as honestly it feels out of date now. The steering mounted paddle shifters for the CVT variant also continue to be a segment-only feature for the Jazz.
Other than that, the Jazz has always been a decently equipped car and it continues with features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, steering mounted audio controls, twin pod analogue console, cruise control, push-button start and keyless entry, electrically operated ORVMs and its exclusive touchscreen AC controls. Safety features will include dual airbags, rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera.
What’s under the hood?
With the BS6 update, Honda has completely dropped the 1.5L diesel engine from under the hood of the Jazz. It will continue to be petrol-only offering from now on. Although Honda hasn’t revealed the specs of the new BS6 engine, we expect the 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine to make 90bhp and 110Nm of peak torque. The engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox with aforementioned segment-only paddle shifters.
Honda has revealed that over the years, it was the petrol variant of the Jazz that has been in strong demand and is one of the reasons why the diesel engine was discontinued. Honda also revealed that as much as 70% of the petrol buyers opted for the CVT automatic variant, thus showing that the paddle-shifters were such a huge crowd puller. The bookings for the new Jazz are now open at dealerships for Rs 21,000 and if you are booking online, you will have to pay Rs 5,000. The launch is scheduled to happen towards the end of this month.