Honda Jazz is a premium hatchback that, unfortunately, never sold in high volumes in the Indian market.
The international model of the Honda Jazz has been facelifted while the Indian version is about to face discontinuation. The sheer lack of consistent sales and tough competition against the likes of Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20, and Tata Altroz are the reasons for the possible discontinuation. Honda is also planning to discontinue the WR-V and 4th-gen City sedan from its Indian lineup. However, there are plans to introduce a mid-size SUV keeping in mind the trends of the industry.
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Honda Jazz Facelifted Abroad, Discontinuation in India
In Japan, the Honda Jazz (called Fit) gets an e:HEV model just like the City in our market. Apart from that, the facelift model has an RS variant too. It looks aggressive which is a trait of any hot-hatch. The front end is adorned with stylish LED DRLs integrated into the headlamp cluster, there is a mesh pattern finished in black at the front grille along with the RS badging, broad radiator grille and a redesigned bumper.
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On the inside, the Jazz gets an all-black interior with plenty of soft-touch leather materials like on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels. The features list on this relatively small car is rather long. This includes things like Honda Sensing ADAS features, paddle shifters to control the regenerative braking, a new drive mode selector, a 9-inch infotainment system, a 7-inch driver’s instrument cluster, and much more. This clearly has features that are found on cars of higher segments in our market.
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The Japanese Honda Jazz comes with a hybrid powertrain. This e:HEV comprises of 2 electric motors and a 1.5-litre engine with a combined system output of 107 hp and 253 Nm. What is even more interesting is the fact that the Jazz (Fit) in Japan comes with the option of choosing between the 2WD and 4WD versions. It is simply mind-blowing to think of a premium hatchback with a 4WD drivetrain although it is quite common for even smaller cars to get this option in the Japanese market.