In a bid to strengthen the position of its premium hatchback Jazz in India, Japanese auto-maker Honda is reportedly planning to add more safety features to the model. Honda is expected to roll out the safety features as standard for the Jazz, including the base variant.
A report of MotorOctane claims Honda Jazz will get safety features such as airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard across all variants soon in the country. The move comes ahead of the implementation of new safety norms for cars in India from October 2017. The primary rivals of the Jazz in its segment — Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 — have already received the same treatment. Currently, airbag is offered only in the top-end variants of the Jazz.
Launched on July 8, the Honda Jazz hatchback packsa 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers Amaze and Brio. It can generate power of 90bhp with a torque of 110Nm at 4,800rpm. The other engine , a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, can pump 100bhp of power and 200Nm torque.
The transmission is taken care of by either a five-speed manual or a CVT with paddle shifters in the petrol variants and six-speed manual transmission in diesel Jazz. The petrol Jazz promises to give a mileage of 19kmpl and the diesel variant is rated to return a mileage of 27.3kmpl.