A leaked training document from Honda lists out the variant lineup and new features for each variant for the 2020 Jazz facelift.
Here’s what’s new in each variant of the upcoming 2020 Honda Jazz facelift:
2020 Honda Jazz Facelift - V Variant Features
- Separate LED DRLs
- Cruise control (for MT also)
- Flush-fit parking sensors
- Flippy key
- Gloss black grille with chrome elements
2020 Honda Jazz Facelift - VX Variant Features
- Soft-touch dashboard
- Keyless entry with push-button start/stop (for MT also)
2020 Honda Jazz Facelift - ZX Variant Features
- Electric sunroof
- LED fog lamps
- LED headlamps
- Integrated LED DRLs
Expect the new Jazz 2020 to borrow rest of its features from the pre-facelift model.
The inclusion of electric sunroof in the top variant makes the Jazz the first car in the B2 hatchback segment to offer this feature. The cruise control is another feature, which helps it stand out as Altroz and Polo are the only other cars to offer this feature but both of them reserve it for the higher variants. The new Jazz will also get LED headlamps, which are also available in the Baleno and Glanza only.
The addition of cruise control to the Jazz’ feature list makes us question its usability even more. In a country where we don’t get enough free and straight roads to effectively use the cruise control, having it in a petrol-only hatchback further makes it a redundant feature. Honda officials had already confirmed early this year to Autocar India that the Jazz is not going to get a diesel engine. Honda’s torquey 1.5L diesel engine’s curability warrants the inclusion of cruise control. However, with only 110Nm of torque on tap, the Jazz petrol’s torque-to-weight ratio of under 110Nm/tonne makes it a poor highway cruiser. Not only is Jazz petrol’s toque output lowest in the segment (after Polo non-turbo), but it also peaks at sky-high 4800rpm making it all the more incompatible for a feature like cruise control. Sure, revving this engine up is going to be fun but maintaining expressway speeds at relaxed RPMs and still having enough punch for a swift overtake is not possible.
On a positive note, the inclusion of LED lighting and sunroof help the Jazz up its style quotient as these features make their presence felt in the city, on the highways or even while parked by the roadside.
Bookings for the Jazz facelift opened a couple of weeks ago and an official launch is awaited.