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Honda has already launched the new facelifted avatar of the Jazz hatchback in the global markets. The Jazz facelift was expected to make its India debut in 2018. Now, LiveMint reports that Honda will not launch the Jazz facelift in the country.
Yes, Honda will not introduce any new versions of the Jazz premium hatchback and will concentrate on the WR-V compact utility vehicle based on the same platform of the Jazz. Honda will also launch the new Amaze in India in 2018, which was revealed at the Auto Expo 2018.
The report also states that Honda will also launch the next-gen City in India in 2020 when the BS-VI emission norms are implemented. The new City will be manufactured at the company's Greater Noida plant as opposed to the Tapukara facility in Rajasthan.
Honda introduced the new version of the Jazz in India in 2015 and soon after the launch, the hatchback was selling in good numbers. But gradually, the sales started to drop as the Jazz faced a tough competition from its rivals such as Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20.
In 2017, Honda managed to sell just 29,890 units of the Jazz which is nowhere near as compared to its competitors. So, due to the poor demand for the Jazz in India, Honda has finally decided to not to bring the facelifted avatar of the premium hatchback to one of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world.
Currently, the Honda Jazz is offered in both petrol and diesel variants. Powering the hatchback is a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol unit is mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. The diesel engine is paired to a 6-speed transmission.
Thoughts On Honda Not Bringing The Jazz Facelift To India
The Honda Jazz has been on sale in India for quite some time. But the hatchback failed to capture the attention of Indian buyers. Now, Honda has decided not to bring the Jazz facelift to India. With the booming utility vehicle segment in the country, Honda will focus on the WR-V and the new-gen Amaze.